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Danger in the ground: Lead contaminates westside Atlanta neighborhood

By weirjeremy | Jan 2, 2020

AJC SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH  Dec 05, 2019 By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News   Rosario Hernandez regularly gardens with her grandchildren at her two Atlanta properties in the English Avenue district, about a mile from Mercedes-Benz Stadium.   So Hernandez, who works with Historic Westside Gardens, was alarmed when an Emory University team analyzed the soil in July 2018...

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K-12 EDUCATION: School Districts’ Efforts to Address Lead-Based Paint

By weirjeremy | Jul 31, 2019

The most common source of lead exposure for children comes from paint in buildings built before 1978—the year the government banned the sale of lead-based paint. In schools, lead dust can come from disturbing lead paint during renovations, deteriorating lead paint, and lead-contaminated soil. We surveyed schools across the U.S. on how they deal with lead paint. Among other things,...

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The Dangers of Lead for Your Child — And Its Many Sources

By weirjeremy | Feb 11, 2019

If you and your family live in an older home, your children might be at risk for lead poisoning. Lead poisoning is a serious condition that can irreversibly damage your child’s nervous system, brain and other organs. In addition to health problems, elevated levels of lead have been shown to cause learning disabilities and behavior problems that affect a child’s ability to pay...

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U.S. senators demand answers from Army after Reuters report on lead poisoning

By weirjeremy | Aug 20, 2018

(Reuters) – Four U.S. senators on Friday urged the Army to detail the steps it is taking to safeguard children from lead poisoning, citing a Reuters investigation into hazards on military bases. “We write to you today concerned about recent reports of lead poisoning at a number of Army installations,” the senators wrote. “The health and safety of our servicemembers...

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HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines Will Pay Fine Over Lead Paint Violations

By weirjeremy | Jul 20, 2018

By Sandra E. Garcia June 7, 2018 Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of the HGTV television show “Fixer Upper,” have settled with the United States Environmental Protection Agency over allegations that they violated rules for the safe handling of lead paint during home renovations. The Gaineses have agreed to pay the E.P.A. a civil fine of $40,000 and to inform...

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