Category: News & Views

Live Lead Safe Reuters Report

On December 19, 2016, the Reuters news service reported that thousands of U.S. locales where lead poisoned worse than in Flint, MI. The report goes on to say that “A Reuters examination of lead testing results across the country found almost 3,000 areas with poisoning rates far higher …

EPA Expands Testing of Lead in Soil in Chattanooga, TN

As reported in the Chattanooga Times Free Press on December 14, 2016, “Lead-based paint and leaded gasoline are typical sources of lead contamination in soil, but foundry waste from Chattanooga’s industrial past is suspected to be the source of the problems”. Editor’s note: Here is another situation that …

Low lead levels in children negatively affect test scores

As reported in the October 4, 2016 issue of Science Daily, a Brown University study reports that lead exposure among preschoolers can predict low reading scores in subsequent years. The study suggests that “because poor and minority children are more likely to be exposed to lead, lead poisoning …

Children suffering from dangerously high blood lead levels

There is no safe level and in some zip codes, 1 in 7 children suffer from dangerously high blood levels. As reported in the Washington Post on June 15, 2016, tests show that 14 percent of children – and in some cases more – have troubling amounts of …

Use Decorative Dishes with Caution

Lead is used as an ingredient in the glaze, or coating on ceramic bowls, dishes and pitchers. With proper firing, or heating in the kiln, glazes with lead may be safe. However, when dishes are fired incorrectly or when copper is added to the glaze, hazardous amounts of …