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ENVS Professor Chris Sinton and Students Publish Article on Heavy Metal Contamination from Ithaca Gun Superfund Site in Northeastern Geoscience
Contributed by Carol Hansen on 12/08/2015
The Ithaca Gun Factory manufactured high-quality firearms adjacent to Fall Creek and powered by Ithaca Falls for almost a century. Lead contamination of on-site soils and the erosion and subsequent deposition of these soils into the Fall Creek gorge are one unfortunate legacy of the operation. After the factory closed in 1986, it became an EPA-designated Superfund site due to excessive lead concentrations in the soil.
Geology professor Chris Sinton and two of his former students, LeAnn Hill and Cameron Zerbian, carried out a study to determine if lead from the Ithaca Gun site has migrated downstream and is present in the sediments of lower Fall Creek and its delta in Cayuga Lake. Their ultimate findings indicate that recent sediments do not have lead concentrations greater than ambient levels and that, based on New York State threshold levels, none of the lead concentrations pose a threat to human health.
A link to the article can be found here: Evaluation of Heavy Metals in Sediments Downstream from the Ithaca Gun Superfund Site
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