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

(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 and their families are of the utmost importance.”

The letter, written by Democratic Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia, along with Republican Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson of Georgia, came a day after Reuters reported that more than 1,000 young children tested at military clinics had elevated lead levels between 2011 and 2016.

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

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 their audience about the dangers of lead-based paint. Under the agreement, they will also take steps to ensure that their home renovation company, Magnolia Homes, is in compliance with E.P.A.

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1 in 6 children in Savannah’s historic district living with high lead levels


It’s been four years since the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, began to dominate national headlines.

Officials in Flint discovered aging pipes were causing lead to leak into their water supply, potentially exposing more than 100,000 residents to high levels of lead.

Dangerous levels of lead, however, are not exclusive to Flint.

Pediatric health records reveal one in six children living in Savannah’s historic district are living with high lead levels. That’s three times higher than what children were exposed to during the water crisis in Flint.… Continue Reading . . .

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