Minneapolis Health Department

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250 S. 4th. Street, Room 510
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 673-2301


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Testing For Lead In Soil

Dirt PictureThe soil in the City of Minneapolis typically has high concentrations of lead due to the use of leaded gasoline before 1979. Residents interested in finding out the concentration of lead in their soil may submit samples to be analyzed.

Procedures for soil sampling

Collect one soil sample near the foundation of your house; placing it in a clean zip lock baggie. The sample size should be about 5 tablespoons from the top half inch of bare soil as this is the soil that is most accessible to children.

Collect a second sample from the yard; placing it in a separate zip lock baggie. Label the baggies "foundation," "yard," or "garden" when submitting them for analysis.

Sample Analysis

Samples will be analyzed using an x-ray fluorescence machine (XRF). Soil with over 100 parts per million (ppm) of lead is considered a hazard to children and should be covered with an appropriate material such as grass, rock, wood chips, concrete, etc. The results of the soil sampling will be accurate to plus or minus 50 ppm.

Sample Results

You can generally expect to receive your sample results within two weeks. This analysis is a free service provided by the City of Minneapolis. Private environmental laboratories can provide a more accurate soil result for a small fee.

Mailing Your Samples

Please mail your soil samples to:

City of Minneapolis
Health Department - Lead Hazard Control
Attention: Alex Vollmer
250 South 4 th Street- Room 414
Minneapolis, MN 55415

To learn about Urban Gardens and Soil Contaminants check out A Gardener's Guide to Healthy Soil

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If you need this material in an alternative format please call Minneapolis Department of Health at (612) 673-2301 or email health@minneapolismn.gov. Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons may use a relay service to call 311 agents at (612) 673-3000. TTY users may call (612) 673-2157 or (612) 673-2626.

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Last updated Jan 8, 2016