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Evaluating Plant Uptake Pathways of Chemical Contaminants in State Models for Risk Assessments of Contaminated Urban Gardening Sites

Live Webinar: Monday, December 19, 2022, 1:00PM-3:00PM EST (18:00-20:00 GMT)

Sponsored by: U.S. EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI)

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Integration of urban agriculture into modern city planning has acquired an increased popularity in communities across the United States. Agriculture on the urban scale has proved to be a promising method to increase access to healthy, nutritious, and low-cost produce. Urban soil systems differ from their rural counterparts in terms of their physical and chemical properties. Due to their urban nature, the soil media used in these gardening plots are highly influenced by past and present anthropogenic activities that can threaten both soil health and food safety via chemical contaminants. Consequently, plant uptake findings from rural agricultural soils do not directly apply for risk assessment of urban soil media.

This webinar will provide an overview of the following topics: contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) found at urban gardening sites, state-specific CECs, plant uptake of CECs from urban soil, and plant uptake models. A portion will be dedicated to outlining research and primary data gaps which require remediation to facilitate a more accurate characterization of potential exposure to ensure enough data is provided to form a national screening level.

Ashley DeJuliannie, Virtual Student Federal Service Internship Program, U.S. EPA; The College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth, MN (adejuliannie@css.edu)


MacKenzie King, Virtual Student Federal Service Internship Program, U.S. EPA; Georgetown University, Washington, DC


Michele Burgess, U.S. EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI) (Burgess.Michele@epa.gov or 202-566-1061)


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A photograph of Jean BalentJean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division (balent.jean@epa.gov or 202-566-0832)
Ms Balent is on the staff of the EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division where she has worked to collect and disseminate hazardous waste remediation and characterization information since 2003. Ms Balent manages the Clean Up Information Network website and actively supports online communication and collaboration resources available to EPA. She formerly worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Engineering Division in the Buffalo District. Ms Balent was also a member of the SUNY-Buffalo Groundwater Research Group where she constructed and tested large scale models of groundwater flow. Ms Balent has also conducted research relating to the Great Lakes, environmental remediation, and brownfields re-development. She holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from SUNY-Buffalo and a Master's degree in Information Technology from AIU.


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 December 19, 2022: Evaluating Plant Uptake Pathways of Chemical Contaminants in State Models for Risk Assessments of Contaminated Urban Gardening Sites

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