News stories tagged with "lead"
by Julie Grant
Canton, OH, Nov 15, 2011 — The U.S. has worked to get lead out of gas and out of paint, but the biggest source of lead in a consumer product is still on roadways. It's in the form of wheel weights, used to balance the tires on our cars. The Environmental Protection Agency says about 1.6 million pounds of lead falls off of vehicles each year, and winds up in the environment. New York is among a handful of states that is leading the effort to ban lead wheel weights. Julie Grant reports. Go to full article
Ottawa, ON, Sep 30, 2009 — All over the region, first-time gardeners are harvesting their ripe tomatoes and leafy greens. Karen Kelly is one, but as a veteran reporter, she dug a little deeper and found a hidden danger in the dirt. Go to full article
Dec 11, 2008 — Millions of toys were recalled last year because of lead contamination. There were about half as many recalls this year, but lead in toys is still a problem. Rebecca Williams reports there's a new law that will limit the amount of lead in any toy or children's product, but it won't go into effect until after the holidays. Go to full article
Sep 04, 2007 — Mattel and Fisher Price recently recalled millions of their most popular toys because they were fond to carry high levels of lead. Continuing reports of lead in toys are making health officials and many parents wonder about other objects children play with. In the past, testing objects for lead has been time consuming, but new technology could make lead detection in everyday objects easier and faster. Lisa Ann Pinkerton has more. Go to full article
by Jody Tosti
Aug 09, 2002 — Lead poisioning can affect a child's brain development and, once exposed, there's no cure. With summer home renovations in full-swing, local organizations are warning residents about the dangers of working with lead paint. Jody Tosti reports lead poisoning remains a threat in many North Country homes. Go to full article
by Martha Foley
Apr 02, 2002 — Officials are urging anglers to trade in their lead sinkers for tin and steel alternatives. State wildlife officials and environmentalists say the sinkers can poison and even kill loons. The Legislature is considering banning the sale of lead sinkers of one-half-ounce or less. Martha Foley talks with Dr. Nina Schoch who has helped to organize a sinker exchange program.
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Feb 04, 2002 — As older computers become obsolete, we're faced with a dilemma: what to do with the out-of-date equipment? The problem will only grow as personal computers become a stock item in more and more households. But so far, the manufacturers, the recycling industry, and the government don't have a plan in place to deal with the old equipment. That's a problem because some of that equipment contains lead, mercury, and other toxic materials that can cause damage to the environment and people's health. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports. Go to full article
Apr 10, 2001 — More than 135 sites possibly containing hazardous levels of lead have been found across the Great Lakes. And at least some of those sites could pose a major health risk for humans. The discovery was announced at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dale Willman has more. Go to full article