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EPA project backfired, endangering drinking water with lead

Lead contamination in cocoa and cocoa products

Under Trump's Orders,
EPA Considers Gutting Lead Rules Even as Water in Schools Tests Positive

Our water is poisonous!

Poison Spring

A 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 people.
2002 In New York City children under age six 4,000 new cases of new lead poisoning identified. In addition there were 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 from Mexico.

D.C. Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) reportedly became aware of the lead levels in 2002, but did 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 ppb.

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 schizophrenia in adulthood." This is reportedly the first time an environmental toxin has been linked to a later risk of schizophrenia.

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 D.C., 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. The study 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 poisoning.

Hirschberg Schultz & Co. Inc., recalls 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. The 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 drinking water. The source of the lead is believed to be household plumbing.

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.

Rhode 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 companies. 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 joined 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. Defendants settled 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 04/06/09

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