It is clear that the sources of lead in the environment have changed over centuries. Mining/smelting were prominent at first, dating back to the Ancient Egyptians—given these operations were local, associated contamination was proximal to the source. Then as civilization entered the Industrial Age in the 19th Century, coal combustion added another source of lead…Details
Forensic Research and Analysis Articles
Hurst Forensics News Page is dedicated to sharing information concerning the application of high resolution isotopic, geochemical, and statistical techniques to environmental issues of current concern. Some issues, such as age dating gasoline hydrocarbon releases, evaluating the impact of lead paint, and assessing groundwater contamination are not only current, but have been plaguing us for many decades. Hence, some of the news that will be posted draws on the experience of the principal, Dr. Richard W. Hurst, that dates back to the early 1980s. As we all know, however, many environmental issues not only persist for decades, but in the case of lead, centuries.