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Saranac Lake, NY. Photo: <a href="">Jasperdo</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Saranac Lake, NY. Photo: Jasperdo, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Saranac Lake's drinking water cited for lead

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) State health officials say an Adirondack village's drinking water has too much lead.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that the Department of Health sent a letter to Saranac Lake officials two weeks ago notifying them that the village is in violation for exceeding the allowable level for lead based on samples conducted earlier this year.  Go to full article
Lead wheel weights.  Photo:  Jeff Gearhart
Lead wheel weights. Photo: Jeff Gearhart

New York among leaders getting lead out of the environment

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
Reporter Karen Kelly and her daughter, Hannah, gather soil from their garden to be tested for toxins.
Reporter Karen Kelly and her daughter, Hannah, gather soil from their garden to be tested for toxins.

Hidden danger in the garden

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
A lead detector finds over 5000 parts per million of lead in this toy.  (Photo by Lisa Ann Pinkerton)
A lead detector finds over 5000 parts per million of lead in this toy. (Photo by Lisa Ann Pinkerton)

Toxic toys still on shelves

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

Detecting lead in toys

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

Dangers of Lead Paint

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

Loon Mercury Study Final Report

Martha Foley talks with Adirondack loon researcher Nina Schoch about the final report from the loon and mercury study, other threats to loons in the Adirondacks, and a census coming up later this month.  Go to full article

Anglers Urged to Hand In Lead Sinkers

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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Recycling Computers

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

135 Lead Hazard Sites Around Great Lakes

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

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