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  • Inquiry: State 'fundamentally accountable' for Flint crisis [MI]

    03/23/2016 8:19:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 23, 2016 10:35 AM EDT | David Eggert and Mike Householder
    The state of Michigan is “fundamentally accountable” for Flint’s lead-contaminated water crisis because of decisions made by its environmental regulators and state-appointed emergency managers who controlled the city, an investigatory task force concluded Wednesday. The panel, appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to review the disaster, said in a withering report that what happened in Flint is “a story of government failure, intransigence, unpreparedness, delay, inaction, and environmental injustice.” …
  • Newark will test 17,000 school children for lead poisoning (NJ)

    03/15/2016 1:20:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 15, 2016 4:14 PM EDT
    Newark will test 17,000 children for lead poisoning after elevated levels of the toxin were found in the drinking water at nearly half of the schools in New Jersey’s biggest city. […] In the week since the higher lead levels were first reported, officials have urged calm. They say the lead levels in some of Newark’s schools don’t compare to the crisis that has plagued Flint, Michigan. …
  • Why you should know what happened in Freddie Gray’s life - long before his death (lead paint)

    12/20/2015 5:04:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 63 replies
    Washington Post via MSN ^ | 12/18/15 | Janell Ross
    **SNIP** Then consider this: Lead paint exposure is a widespread national problem, concentrated most heavily in the nation's low-income communities. And government efforts to remove lead paint from public and privately owned housing remains woefully below levels that most child and environmental health experts think truly necessary to eliminate the issue. In fact, the nation's lead paint abatement programs are among those that experienced a budget cut due to sequestration and subsequent federal cost reduction efforts. And that happened even though some public health experts believe that concerted national efforts to reduce widespread lead exposure - such as removing lead...
  • Scavenged Bullets Dooming Condors

    06/25/2012 5:28:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 57 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 25 June 2012 | Elizabeth Norton
    Enlarge Image In danger. The California condor is threatened by lead poisoning from bullets in scavenged carcasses. Credit: Joe Burnett Spreading its wings to a 3-meter span, flying at a speed of up to 96 kph, and living as long as 60 years, the California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is one of the world’s most magnificent birds. It’s also one of the rarest. Only 22 condors were alive in 1982, due to poaching, habitat destruction, DDT poisoning, and shooting by cattle ranchers who mistakenly believed that the carrion-eating birds were killing young calves. An intensive captive breeding program has increased...
  • Teenager shot dead at school by police who thought his pellet gun was a lethal weapon

    01/05/2012 1:00:21 AM PST · by Iron Munro · 73 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Jan. 5, 2012
    A teenager was shot dead by police today after brandishing a pellet gun in the hallway of his school. Police say 15-year-old Jaime Gonzalez was holding a weapon that looked like a handgun, and refused to lower it when asked to by officers. The two officers who shot the eighth-grader have been suspended while police carry out an investigation into his death. The report which sent officers rushing to Cummings Middle School in Brownsville, Texas stated that a student had been seen holding a gun, according to the town's police chief Orlando Rodriguez. Robert Valle, 13, was among the school's...
  • China Reports New Lead Poisoning Case (In Children)

    08/31/2009 4:02:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 725+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/31/09 | Mon Aug 31, 2009
    More than 200 children living beside an industrial park in southwest China have been found to have excessive lead in their blood, state media said on Monday, in the third such case reported in the last month. Health authorities tested around 1,000 children in a neighborhood of the city of Kunming, the official China Daily said. "Their levels are all higher than 100 micrograms of lead in each liter of blood but lower than 200 micrograms per liter," the newspaper quoted a medical doctor, Wu Ling, as saying. Lead poisoning can build up slowly and occurs from repeated exposure to...
  • EPA Lead Poisoning Prevention Video Contest

    08/28/2009 3:29:50 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 458+ views ^ | August 28, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG FRIDAY, AUGUST 28TH, 2009 AT 1:45 PM EPA Lead Poisoning Prevention Video Contest Posted by Steve Owens Grab your video camera and get the lead out! The dangers of lead poisoning are very serious, and health problems caused by lead can impact a child for a lifetime. We want you to help us get the word out about lead poisoning prevention, by creating videos to educate people on what they can do to prevent lead poisoning. We’re looking for 30-60 second video on anything from the dangers...
  • Water-cleanup experiment caused lead poisoning

    01/30/2009 1:58:28 AM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 871+ views
    Science News ^ | January 27th, 2009 | Janet Raloff
    Lead concentrations spiked in many children living in the nation's capital after the local water authority altered the treatment used to disinfect drinking water. About seven-and-a-half years ago, the District of Columbia’s water authority switched from chlorination to an alternative water-disinfection technology: chloramination. The goal had been to reduce the potentially carcinogenic by-products of chlorination that developed in drinking water. And the substitution worked. However, an unintended consequence of this improved disinfection technique was the sudden release of copious amounts of lead into the drinking water that serves the nation’s capital. Until then, notes Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech, no...
  • The Myth of Helplessness

    04/15/2008 9:09:50 AM PDT · by GoldwaterInstitute · 47+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | April 14, 2008 | Matthew Ladner
    The Myth of Helplessness : Those who accept no excuses get results Matthew Ladner, Goldwater Institute Daily Email, April 14, 2008 On April 4th, Arizona School Board Association analyst Michael T. Martin wrote a column opposing the state takeover of the Roosevelt school district. He asserts that widespread lead poisoning is the cause of Roosevelt’s problems. Lead poisoning has been much diminished since the elimination of lead paint and lead gasoline, but not entirely eliminated. An examination of the evidence is in order before writing off these kids. In our state of 6 million people, the Arizona Department of Health...
  • EPA Says Defective Test Led to Squirrel Lead Warning

    10/30/2007 6:12:29 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 10 replies · 81+ views
    Millennium Radio New Jersey ^ | Tuesday, October 30, 2007
    It may be OK to eat squirrels again in one part of northwestern New Jersey. In January, the state warned hunters and residents near a toxic waste dump in Ringwood to limit their consumption after tests revealed a dead squirrel was contaminated by lead. Today, officials said it was a false alarm. The federal EPA said the lead in the squirrel may have come from a part of a blender using in the testing process.
  • Commissioners near bullet ban - Veterinarian tells of lead poisoning in state condors (CA)

    08/28/2007 1:41:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies · 849+ views
    Ventura County Star ^ | August 28, 2007 | Timm Herdt
    SACRAMENTO — California Fish and Game commissioners signaled Monday they are leaning toward enacting a ban on lead ammunition in deer-hunting zones within the range of the 70 condors now flying free in the state. At the close of a daylong hearing, commissioners asked that the formal public comment period on the proposed ban be opened quickly so they can consider enacting the ban at their Nov. 1 meeting. "I'd like to see us take the lead on this," said Vice President Cindy Gustafson. "I'm very concerned that if, as a commission, we don't address this issue, others will address...
  • State Asks Consumers to Avoid Eating a Mexican Candy

    07/20/2007 8:01:35 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 21 replies · 831+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | July 20, 2007 | The Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO—State health officials issued a public warning Friday against eating certain candy from Mexico that appears tainted with high levels of lead. Department of Public Health Director Dr. Mark Horton warned consumers not to eat De La Rosa Pulparindo candy imported from Mexico. ......De La Rosa Pulparindo is a tamarind pulp candy that comes packed in 10-ounce boxes containing individually wrapped half-ounce candies. The boxes are bright red in color with the word "Pulparindo" boldly printed in black letters.......
  • Recall: Earring Sets Sold in Fla. Wal-Marts Contain Lead

    07/17/2007 7:13:07 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 40 replies · 625+ views
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 17, 2007 | The Associated Press
    About 220 Sleeping Beauty crown and Cinderella star earring sets, manufactured in China by Uncas Manufacturing Co., because the recalled metal earring sets contain high levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested by young children....... ......The products were sold at Wal-Mart stores in Florida from February to June 2007. Details: by phone at 800-776-0980; by Web at
  • Did Giuliani really bust N.Y.C. crime - or was it science?

    07/09/2007 1:32:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies · 2,670+ views
    The Concord Monitor ^ | July 9, 2007 | SHANKAR VEDANTAM
    Rudy Giuliani never misses an opportunity to remind people about his track record in fighting crime as mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001. "I began with the city that was the crime capital of America," Giuliani, now a candidate for president, recently told Fox's Chris Wallace. "When I left, it was the safest large city in America. I reduced homicides by 67 percent. I reduced overall crime by 57 percent." While crime did fall dramatically in New York during Giuliani's tenure, a broad range of scientific research has emerged in recent years to show the mayor deserves...
  • Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Toys Recalled (Made in China)

    06/13/2007 7:04:00 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 23 replies · 2,277+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 13, 2007 | By Brian Hartman
    One of the most-beloved toys in the world has joined the growing list of Chinese-made products to be pulled from store shelves for safety reasons. RC2 Corp., which sells Thomas the Tank Engine toys, warned parents Wednesday to stop their children from using 1.5 million Thomas & Friends wooden railway vehicles and set components because their surface paint contains lead, a toxin that's dangerous if swallowed. "Consumers should take the recalled toys away from young children immediately," the Consumer Product Safety Commission said in the recall notice. The company said this recall accounts for about 4 percent of the total...
  • China exports lead poisoning

    06/12/2007 10:13:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies · 1,222+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 7, 2007 | WorldNetDaily
    WASHINGTON – In the wake of scandals involving tainted food and toothpaste from China comes word of a new concern from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission as well as the Food and Drug Administration – toys, makeup, glazed pottery and other products that contain significant amounts of lead. While lead poisoning among children was once mainly caused by old paint, U.S. manufacturers long ago banned the ingredient. Today, a new rash of high lead levels in the bloodstreams of American kids is being caused by foreign products – mainly from China. So serious is the resurgence of lead poisoning...
  • Could Your Kids' Toys Be Poison?

    06/06/2007 8:01:49 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 7 replies · 425+ views (Stockton, CA) ^ | June 3, 2007 | By Jennifer Torres
    The lead that recently poisoned a San Joaquin County girl did not come from her house's paint, public health nurse Gale Heinrich said. It came from her tea parties. "She was drinking her juice in these," said Heinrich, holding a piece of glazed terra cotta pottery, imported from Mexico. The glaze contained lead, which leached into the child's drinks. Now the small cup is part of an educational display in Heinrich's north Stockton office. It sits among candies, home remedies, mineral supplements, cosmetics, vinyl mini blinds - all lead-tainted. San Joaquin County documents about 100 borderline and 20 full-blown cases...
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission Moves to Ban Lead in Kids' Jewelry

    12/29/2006 11:52:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 374+ views ^ | December 28, 2006 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — A government regulatory agency has taken steps toward banning children's jewelry containing small amounts of lead, which was responsible for more than a dozen product recalls in the past two years. The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously to move forward in a process that could ultimately lead to a ban on children's jewelry containing more than .06 percent lead by weight. The commission currently has two members and one vacancy. "Our goal is not to continue to do recall after recall," CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson said. "We've had upwards of 14 recalls since 2004." The commission's action...
  • Groups plan suit over toxic ammo

    07/13/2006 6:36:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 659+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | July 12, 2006 | Kevin Howe
    A coalition of conservationist and health organizations has served notice that it will sue the state California Fish and Game Commission for continuing to allow lead ammunition to be used for hunting in California. The groups contend that lead bullets lodged in carcasses left by hunters are poisoning California condors that feed on them. "Lead poisoning from ammunition is the single greatest obstacle to the recovery of wild California condors," said Jeff Miller of the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the organizations joining forces in the suit. Other parties include the Natural Resources Defense Council, Physicians for Social Responsibility...
  • Lead poisoning made Beethoven grumpy

    12/07/2005 4:05:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 50 replies · 2,678+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 7, 2005 | JIM RITTER
    Science Reporter Sophisticated new tests confirm that Ludwig van Beethoven suffered severe lead poisoning, which could explain his cranky personality. But lead poisoning probably is not the reason why the great composer lost his hearing, researchers announced Tuesday. In 2000, tests of Beethoven's hair at southwest suburban Argonne National Laboratory showed he had lead concentrations roughly 100 times higher than levels found in healthy adults today. But hair analysis is not scientifically conclusive. Moreover, skeptics said, hair samples used in the test could have been contaminated by, for example, hair powder, dirt or grease. But a new test at Argonne,...