Lead Poisoning in New Orleans: Are You at Risk?

Researchers have found elevated levels of lead in New Orleans’ soil and water.  Lead contamination can contribute to illnesses, violent and unusual behaviors and other serious problems.  We’ll discuss who is at risk, what laws exist to protect us, and how you can test for and remedy contamination.

  • Pepper Bowen, Culinaria Center for Food Law, Policy, and Culture, Director

Pepper was granted a JD from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans with certificates in both Environmental and International Laws. 5b364716e65fa.imageShe is admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association. Her writings focus on environmental remediation, consumption of  invasive species for coastal protection, food systems, and environmental impacts on food and justice. Her practice is devoted to the support of food related businesses.  Sponsored by Loyola Law School.


  • Adrienne Katner, LSU Environmental and Occupational Health Scientist 

Adrienne Katner is an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University, Health Science Center’s School of Public Health in the Environmental and Occupational Health Program. Prior to entering academia, she was an Environmental Health Scientist with the Louisiana Office of Public Health, where she ran several environmental health programs. She has a broad background in public health, with specific training in exposure and risk assessment; and environmental public health policy. katner 2Her current research focuses on evaluating how protective of public health the current US drinking water regulations are; how efficient utility water sampling and sample processing protocols are in capturing and measuring particulate lead levels; and how effective the prevailing public health guidelines are in reducing lead in water exposures.


  • Lisa Paterson, Senior Grants Administrator for the Center for Gulf Coast Environmental Health, Research, Leadership, and Strategic Initiatives in Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine 

Lisa Paterson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Management Systems and a Masters in International Development.  She is a voting member of the New Orleans Food and Policy Advisory Committee and currently works for the Center for Gulf Coast Environmental Health Research, Leadership, and Strategic Initiatives.  She has a son that was diagnosed with high blood levels at age 1 and underwent an extensive remediation process in her home along with several follow up testings of her son to ensure lead abatement was achieved.