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Press Release 06-096
The Ones That Get Away

Particles of toxic lead solder elude detection in some water quality tests

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Virginia Tech researchers examined different types of leaded particles.

Virginia Tech researchers examined different types of leaded particles that can attach to screens or sampling containers and may not register during testing: a) pure lead, b) lead (IV), c) solder (50:50 lead:tin), d) red brass and e) yellow brass.

Credit: Christopher Strock, Civil Engineer, Virginia Tech


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Reddish-colored lead oxides stuck to the bottom of plastic sampling bottle.

During the study, reddish-colored lead oxides stuck to the bottoms of plastic sampling bottles.

Credit: Christopher Strock, Civil Engineer, Virginia Tech


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