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PRI's Environmental News Magazine

Lead: The Silent Epidemic

THE SILENT EPIDEMIC PART 2
Published: June 6, 1997

The metal lead can poison large areas through improper waste handling, industrial emissions, or as fallout from leaded gasoline. But most often, the way people get acute lead poisoning is through exposure to old paint right at home.

THE SILENT EPIDEMIC PART 1
Published: May 30, 1997

While overall exposure to lead in this country does seem to be dropping, there is still plenty of lead dust on the ground from its previous use in fuels and paints. And many homes still have significant amounts of lead pipes and paint inside.


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