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REUTERS INVESTIGATES – Unsafe at Any Level: Millions of American children missing early lead tests

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This article makes no mention of children living near lead smelters, such as those operated by Exide and RSR Corp. California and Texas, among other states, do not require blood lead level testing of children at the age of one and two years old (see chart below). REUTERS INVESTIGATES: Unsafe at Any Level Millions of […]

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TIME TO STATE THE OBVIOUS: Exide’s and others’ ongoing toxic contamination of communities across the U.S. without significant consquences is due to total systemic failure of municipal, state, regional and federal agencies to meet their responsibilities to protect people and the environment. This LA Times special report documents failure at the state level…

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…Connect the special investigative report by The Los Angeles Times below with the great investigative work done by respected media organizations like USA Today and NPR and The Center for Public Integrity and Bill Moyers & Company, as well as the ongoing, ground-breaking research work being done by globally respected scientists such as Dr. Howard […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: DTSC issues Exide urgent emergency cleanup order because of at or near hazardous levels of toxic metals concentrations found in soil and dust samples; Concerns about rains washing toxins into Los Angeles River set Jan. 31 as deadline cleanup must be completed

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“DTSC considers the elevated concentrations of lead and other contaminants … an immediate threat to human health and the environment (i.e. the Los Angeles River),” regulators wrote to Exide, one of the world’s largest battery recyclers. Agency officials also noted in a separate memo earlier this month that “lead…and arsenic was detected in several locations […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Blood lead level tests for residents need work; Value of tests near Exide lead smelter questioned

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THE DAILY TROJAN – UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (OPINION COLUMN) Blood tests for Vernon residents need work By Valerie Yu · Daily Trojan Posted Yesterday (Sept. 16, 2013) at 7:48 pm in Columns, Opinion Recently, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services announced its plans to launch a blood test for lead poisoning to settle […]

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Want even more info about the effects of lead in North Texas? Take a look at The Burden of Lead

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Dallasnews.com has a great resource for lead issues that are affecting our community. It features stories about communities affected by lead, photos and videos, and documents from the CDC and EPA ranging from what people need to know about lead to reviews about Superfund sites. Click here to take some time to look at it […]

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MEDIA ROUND-UP – Exide Technologies closes Frisco lead smelter

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Below is a round-up of news stories regarding the  Nov. 30 closing of the Exide Techologies lead smelter in Frisco: November 30, 2012 Dallas Morning News Exide Technologies shuts down Frisco plant today By Valerie Wigglesworth Exide Technologies will shut down by 11 a.m. today, ending nearly a half century of operations in Frisco. The […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Report – Children exposed to lead or mercury 3 to 5 times more likely to have ADHD symptoms

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Children exposed to higher levels of mercury or lead are three to five times more likely to be identified by teachers as having problems associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, according to a scientific study published today. The study, of Inuit children living in Arctic Canada, is the first to find a high rate of […]

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REPORT: New health issues tied to low-level lead exposure for children, teens AND adults; No really safe level of lead exposure

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A recent government study, prepared with help of researchers from Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, tallies the wide-ranging damage low-level lead exposure can do, beyond the well-documented effects of reducing youngsters’ IQ and undermining their ability to learn and control their behavior. Hearing and even the onset of puberty may be affected in […]

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BREAKING NEWS / MEDIA ROUND-UP – CDC significantly lowers blood level for lead poisoning in young children

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today that lead poisoning – which is detected through a blood test – will now be defined as 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood,  half of the 20-year-old action level standard of 10 micrograms per deciliter of blood. Download and read the Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead […]

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CONNECT THE DOTS TO EXIDE AND FRISCO: Ghost Factories, Poisoned Places and Toxic Schools

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According to the Frisco Unleaded citizen’s  group study released last week, Frisco is a community with a significant toxic lead dust legacy that will only grow as long as Exide continues to operate and spew a lead-arsenic-cadmium-dioxin laced cocktail into the heart of the community. And if you read the excellent, incredibly comprehensive investigative work […]

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BREAKING NEWS: CDC Advisory Committee Report: Low Level Lead Exposure Harms Children; Calls for lowering blood lead levels, more prevention

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January 4, 2012 – In a decision described as “historic,” an expert advisory committee to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted today to recommend a significant change in the level at which children are considered to have too much lead in their blood. The change will increase the number of children […]

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NEWS UPDATE: Federal Advisory Committee: “Low level lead exposure harms children”; Recommends CDC lower measurement at which childrens’ blood lead levels are deemed dangerously elevated

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The Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (ACCLPP) voted on Nov. 17, to recommend a significant change in how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention selects the number at which a child’s blood lead level should be considered elevated, and to renew its call for primary prevention. In a unanimous vote on the […]

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NATIONAL LEAD POISONING PREVENTION WEEK: 40,000 DFW children under 6 have dangerous blood lead levels – Find local events

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National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is Oct. 23 through Oct. 29, and below is local and national information, including an article by the Dallas Morning News’ Valerie Wigglesworth that reports that data shows 40,000 DFW area children under 6 years of in Dallas, Denton, Collin and Tarrant counties have blood lead levels of as least […]

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