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Getting the Lead Out

Almost 200 years of lead mining and smelting in southeastern Missouri has left a contamination legacy that is still largely unmeasured. To accurately quantify the environmental impact, a team of University of Missouri resource assessment experts and state and federal agencies is using a high-tech military search tool to quickly and cheaply find the pollution.

The technique was developed by the Missouri Resource Assessment Partnership (MoRAP), a part of the University of Missouri's School of Natural Resources. In partnership with the Missouri Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) which is leading the effort, MoRAP is overflying and assessing suspected pollution sites.

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