former employee of the EPA charges the US government with turning a blind eye
to the systematic poisoning of America's food supply, animals, water, and
"The National Road was the first
federally funded highway, built from 1811 to 1834.
It had heavy daily
traffic that included thousands of Conestoga wagons, the "tractor-trailer" of
Those wagons, designed to carry heavy freight, passed through
farm areas from Baltimore to Illinois, close to major lead mines in Southeast
the red barn tradition never took
root along that path is likely because the National Road made freight,
including white lead, accessible to nearby farmers.
USA lead output was
a relatively stable 1000 to 2000 tons per year from 1801-1825, but lead output
was 15,000 to 30,000 tons per year from the mid-1830s through the mid-1860s
after the completion of the National Road.
murder arrest rate in large cities
was more than seven times the national homicide rate from 1900-1904 because
lead paint in the 1870s was available in large cities but unavailable in most
The early-1900s convergence in rural and urban murder
rates was presaged by a late-1800s convergence in rural and urban lead paint
Almost all children born in the USA from 1880-1980 were
exposed to lead-contaminated dust, but with widely varying degrees of lead
Atmospheric emissions from gas lead affected blood
lead even in rural areas, but traffic caused more severe city exposure because
55% of emissions settled within 12 miles of the roadway." - Rick
May 1925 "US Surgeon General called a national tetraethyl lead
conference, to be followed by the formation of an investigative task force to
study the problem.
That same year, Midgley published his first health
analysis of TEL, which
acknowledged a minor health risk at most, insisting that the use of lead
compounds,"compared with other chemical industries it is neither grave nor
inescapable." - Deborah Blum
The task force choses to downplay the
risks and Thomas Midgley was chosen for the white lead whitewash.
Midgleys inventions include antiknock agents, with tetraethyl lead being
the principal one of them used in his leaded gasoline; the extraction of
bromine from sea water; and the use of fluorine to produce refrigerating
Thomas Midgley Jr. contributed to the poisoning of three
generations of children, increased the risk of skin cancer and other skin
problems related to exposure to UV rays, and contributed greatly to global
1926 Public health service released its
report which concluded that there was "no danger" posed by adding TEL to
" no reason to prohibit the sale of leaded gasoline" as long as
workers were well protected during the manufacturing process.
a huge drop in violence when TEL is removed from gasoline.
1983 Federal government designates Picher and Cardin,
Oklahoma as a Tar Creek Superfund site.
Take a Tour
of Americas Most Toxic Town
amendments to the Clean Air Act, lead is banned from gasoline and to be
completely phase out within five years.
1993 63% of the children of
Picher, Oklahoma are suffering from lead poisoning.
Kids ride their
bikes up and down the chat piles.
Kids drink the water contaminated with
"Though Picher is a
ghost town, a stalwart
few have remained to keep watch over the remaining buildings and homes. These
self-proclaimed "chat rats" live with the ghost of a town that once was. For
them, Picher is the only home they've known and their hometown pride is
unshakable. Toxic air, sinking ground, and tornadoes can't drive them out." -
Bobbie Jean Sawyer
Jeremy Bryan Jones: Profile of a Chat Rat
FBI Computer Error Possibly Fatal
January 1, 1996 Clean Air Act bans the sale of the small
amount of leaded fuel still available in some parts of the country for use in
states fuel containing lead may continue to be sold for off-road uses,
including aircraft, racing cars, farm equipment, and marine
2002 New York City lead poisoning
identified in 4,000 children under age and over 500 lead poisoning cases
identified in children ages 6 to 17.
California health officials
estimate that 15% of the states' children diagnosed with elevated lead levels
between May 2001 and January 2002 were exposed to lead from candy,
pottery and folk medicines
DC Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) becomes aware of
the lead levels in 2002, but does not notify customers until November 2003.
Lead supply pipes feed many older single family homes of which over 150
had lead levels of over 300 ppb. The federal safety level is 15
2004 Researchers at Columbia University have
found that "babies exposed to high levels of lead in the womb are more than
twice as likely to develop
EPA data analyzed by the Washington Post identified
274 utilities serving some 11.5 million people who reported unsafe lead in
drinking water since 2000.
The analysis also showed that municipalities
across the nation, Boston, Philadelphia, Lansing, New York and Washington DC,
are masking the true levels of lead in drinking water.
A study at Harvard Medical School found a link to
lead exposure and the development of cataracts in men over 60.
found that men who had the highest lead levels were 2.7 times more likely to
have cataracts than those with the lowest levels.
2005 One in five children tested in Cleveland, Ohio is lead
poisoned and in some neighborhoods 50% of the children suffer from lead
Hirschberg Schultz & Co. Inc.,
2.8 million metal charms sold in Arts & Craft stores after a 6 year old
California girl was lead poisoned after putting one in her mouth.
charms, sold as decorations for greeting cards and gift bags as well as for
necklaces and bracelets, were manufactured in China.
State of North
Carolina recorded its first case of lead poisoning caused by lead in household
The source of the lead is believed to be household
Wisconsin Supreme Court found that "...the record is replete
with evidence that shows the pigment manufacturers actually magnified the risk
[of lead poisoning] through their aggressive promotion of white lead carbonate,
even despite the awareness of the toxicity of lead."
Defendants in this
case include: American Cyanamid Co., Atlantic Richfield Co., ConAgra Grocery
Products Co., DuPont, NL
Industries Inc., SCM Chemicals, Inc. and Sherwin-Williams Co.
Island estimates that over 36,000 children in the state have lead poisoning.
Third Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled that successor companies can be
held liable for cleanup costs caused by polluting activities of acquired
The court found US Battery Corp. liable for
lead contaminated soil at five dumpsites
in Pennsylvania where companies acquired by the firm dumped wastes from the
1930s through 1966.
2006 California's Attorney
General joins environmental groups in a lawsuit against retailers and
distributors of children's jewelry after discoveries that the jewelry contained
lead levels as high as 950,000 parts per million.
the lawsuit by agreeing to pay $1.87 million.
The settlement also
called for the companies to stop selling jewelry with high lead content no
later than 3/1/08.
The settlement sets strict standards for the lead
level in children's' jewelry. Metal components and coatings will be limited to
600 parts of lead per million.
Plastic components will be limited to
200 parts of lead per million.
"A new study in women 65 and older
indicates that the more lead circulating in the blood of golden girls, the
higher the likelihood these women will die prematurely." - Janet Raloff
April 25, 2014 Officials looking to save
money switched Flint, Michigans drinking water supply from the Detroit
city system to the Flint River.
This Flint River water is highly
Flint residents complain about dark-colored, foul-tasting,
smelly water as well as skin rashes and hair loss.
find a significant proportion of samples have lead levels well above the
"action level" set by the EPA.
Some samples show lead levels 100 times
above the action level.
9,000 children are exposed to lead contaminated
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