Here’s a story that tracks with older reporting (such as from Rachel’s Environment & Health Weekly) about the pernicious social consequences of lead.

Boy, there’s a superhero quartet we could really use: Environmental Justice Crusaders, a band with superhuman powers to counteract our pervasive (and worsening) racial and economic segregation that puts the people on the bottom of the socio-economic divide into the places where the better off folks dump their environmental insults.

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You can get a pretty good education on this by reading these back issues of Rachel’s, a truly outstanding publication, here:

Lead – Air: #2, 24, 30, 36, 214 (incinerators)
Lead – Drinking water: #5, 9, 10, 24, 30, 36, 162
Lead – Economic classes: #214
Lead – Food: #32, 36, 214 (absorption rates for children and adults)
Lead – Health effects: #25, 189, 213, 214, 294, 318
Lead – Incinerator ash: #52, 189, 190, 191, 217, 220
Lead – Learning ability: #213
Lead – Levels: #213
Lead: #92, 93, 115, 131, 140, 143, 146, 154, 162, 179, 225, 228, 234, 236, 253, 258, 274, 294
Lead acetate: #107
Lead chromate: #128
“Lead Level Found Hazardous in 75% of Pre-1950 Homes”: #294
“Lead Poison Drive Is Urged in Senate”: #294
“Lead Poisoning – A Disease of the Poor”: #294
Lead Poisoning – Racism: #294
“Lead Poisoning and the Fall of Rome”: #189
“Lead Poisoning in Young Children”: #294
“Lead Poisoning Study Finds 3 Blacks Suffer to 1 White”: #294
Lead series: #213 (Part 1), 214 (Part 2)
“Lead-contaminated Soil Cleanup Draft Report”: #217

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