New Jersey Garden Closed Over Lead Fears


A WAKE IS PLANNED FOR TOMORROW AND THURSDAY. FUNERAL SERVICES ARE SET FOR FRIDAY. CONCERN OVER LEAD CONTAMINATION IS FORCING SCHOOLS TO CLOSE. NOW NEIGHBORS WHO ATE PRODUCE FROM THE GARDEN MAY BE EXPOSED TO LEAD. CBS2 MEG BAKER HAS MORE. Reporter: THE COMMUNITY GARDEN ON MARION STREET IN RED BANK HAS BEEN GROWING STRONG FOR MORE THAN FOUR YEARS. BUT NOW IT’S BEEN SHUT DOWN DUE TO LEAD CONCERNS. CECIL DAVIS HAS LIVED HERE FOR 25 YEARS. AND LEAD IN THE SOIL, IT RAINS AS IT COMES OVER HERE. DOES IT GO TO MY NEIGHBOR. Reporter: A SIGN READS ACCESS TO STRICT PRODUCE MAY NOT BE HARVESTED. CONTACT THE BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR. SO WE DID, BUT HE WAS NOT AVAILABLE FOR AN INTERVIEW ABOUT THIS SERIOUS MATTER. THE POSSIBILITY OF SOIL CONTAMINATION RAISED BY A RESIDENT WHO DID INDEPENDENT TESTING. ONE OF THE NEIGHBORS THAT OWNS THE PLOT NEXT DOOR IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER AND I GUESS HE GOT CURIOUS. Reporter: THE LAND NEXT TO JOHN CHAMBERS’ HOME IS OWNED BY THE BOROUGH AND HAS BEEN AN EMPTY PLOT. OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE NOT AWARE OF TESTING PRIOR TO IT BECOMING A GARDEN. THERE WAS AN OLD DRY CLEANING STORE RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET. THAT WAS IN THE 60s. Reporter: THE BOROUGH ENGINEER ORDERED EXPEDITED TESTING. THOSE RESULTS ARE DUE IN TWO WEEKS. IT COULD CAUSE DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS, IRRITABILITY, WEIGHT LOSS, AND MORE. ADULTS MAY EXPERIENCE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, MUSCLE PAIN, HEADACHES, MISCARRIAGE, AND OTHER SERIOUS ISSUES. ACCORDING TO THE MAYO CLINIC. IF I DO HAVE LEAD, WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH LEAD IF THERE IS LEAD IN YOUR SOIL? AND I HAVE NO IDEA. Reporter: THE NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WILL BE REACHING OUT TO PROPERTY OWNERS IN THE AREA TO PERFORM TESTING.

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