Contaminated soil doesn’t always have the same toxin in it, so the consequences of exposure really depend on what the toxin is that is contaminating the soil, and how you’ve been exposed to it, and how long you’ve been exposed to it.
Overall if there is an area near you that has contaminated soil or groundwater, make sure you limit your exposure. A variety of health problems have been linked to many of the toxins found, for example: arsenic is known to cause cancer and lead can cause a range of health problems, and affect a child’s development. This is exactly what these Vineland, NJ residents are worried about.
Stay aware, be active, and be vocal in making sure contaminated soil in your community is removed and remediated for the safety of everyone.