Even a small amount of rain can leach the toxic material from the soil.
Certain kinds of treated wood can leach chemicals into the soil.
The chemical eventually leaches away from the soil.
Recent Examples on the Web
Landlords are leaches that HORDE THE SUPPLY of housing.—E. J. Antoni, National Review, 21 Oct. 2023 There are concerns, for instance, that seawater could corrode pipes and leach heavy metals into the water supply, said Holly Michael, a hydrogeologist at the University of Delaware and director of the Delaware Environmental Institute.—Denise Chow, NBC News, 29 Sep. 2023 On top of being a huge source of emissions, excess nitrogen leaches into waterways, causing algal blooms.—Matt Reynolds, WIRED, 5 Sep. 2023 The monument, situated along the Arizona Strip, aims to protect the Grand Canyon from more uranium mining, which Native Americans said would despoil many sacred ancestral sites, leach into aquifers and threaten water supplies.—Mark Eddington, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Aug. 2023 With the goal of raising that money to invest in startups across Ohio, leach will run the daily operations once that 500 million goal is reached.—Laura Johnston, cleveland, 13 July 2023 But experts say rising sea levels and groundwater will prevent leach fields from filtering sewage in many coastal lots.—Audrey McAvoy, Anchorage Daily News, 10 July 2023 The used ends leach nicotine and heavy metals into the environment, kill marine animals, and damage plant growth.—Cassie Werber, Quartz, 13 June 2023 Fats and oils from food leach into the sides of an unglazed ceramic pot and the traces remain locked in the clay long after the meal and the people who ate it have been forgotten.—Jillian Mock, Discover Magazine, 25 Sep. 2019
Lead and Legionella bacteria leached into the tap water of nearly 100,000 Flint residents between 2014 and 2015.—Megan Christie, ABC News, 17 Nov. 2023 In other not-great news for saving water, there’s a growing body of research finding that fake grass can leach dangerous PFAS chemicals into water supplies, prompting California to pass a new law allowing cities to ban artificial turf, as CalMatters’ Shreya Agrawal reports.—Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2023 The upper echelons of society move through life seemingly without repercussions by leaching off the powerless.—Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 11 Oct. 2023 Then, as volcanism continuing in (and especially under) the caldera, hot fluids come up through faults and fractures, leaching even more lithium and keeping parts of the sediment warm.—Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 20 Sep. 2023 The problem is that the White Sands seeds are from aquatic plants, which when alive could absorb carbon from very old sources in the lake that had not been exposed to the atmosphere for thousands of years, like groundwater leaching through rocks.—Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Oct. 2023 That decision is apparently leaching support among independents, and some Republicans, away from Trump.—Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani, The New Republic, 18 Oct. 2023 In this case, chemicals can leach from the plastic into the water.—Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 6 Oct. 2023 The old Blackbird Mine, originating in the 1890s and operating intermittently until the 1960s, created acid mine drainage and leached heavy metals including cobalt, copper and arsenic.—Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 8 Sep. 2023 See More
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leach vessel through which water is passed to extract lye