An exterior and interior leaded dust deposition survey in New York City: Results of a 2-year study

Jack Caravanos, Arlene L. Weiss, Rudolph J. Jaeger

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Environmental concentrations of leaded dust were monitored by weekly sample collection of interior and exterior settled dust that had accumulated due to atmospheric deposition. The weekly deposition amounts were measured and the cumulative rates of lead in dust that deposited on a weekly basis over 2 year's time were determined. The sampling analysis revealed that the median values of leaded dust for the interior plate (adjacent to the open window), unsheltered exterior plate, and the sheltered exterior plate were 4.8, 14.2, and 32.3 μg/feet2/week, respectively. The data supports the existence of a continuous source of deposited leaded dust in interior and exterior locations within New York City. Additional data from a control plate (interior plate with the window closed) demonstrate that the source of the interior lead deposition was from exterior (environmental) sources. Because of the ubiquitous nature of lead in our environment and the toxic threat of lead to the cognitive health of children, this data provides a framework for the understanding of environmental exposure to lead and its potential for continuing accumulation within an urban environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-164
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2006


  • Air
  • Ambient
  • Atmospheric deposition
  • Background
  • Dust
  • Exposure
  • Indoor
  • Lead
  • Lead loading
  • Lead poisoning
  • Outdoor
  • Sources
  • Urban

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • General Environmental Science


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