MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and an attorney for nearly 170 lead-poisoned children allege the paint industry is trying to shift blame to contaminated water. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that lawyer Peter Earle's lawsuit against lead pigment manufacturers alleges they're attempting to create a controversy over contaminated water in order to avoid liability for lead paint they sold. City health officials say lead paint is the primary source of lead-poisoning in Milwaukee children. Lead poisoning can cause brain and nervous system damage, as well as learning and behavior problems. An expert being used by the paint industry says lead-based paint is no longer the primary source of exposure. He cited information from a former city health commissioner but didn't use data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. … [Read more...] about Lawsuit says paint industry blaming water for lead poisoning
PORTSMOUTHA mother whose toddler got lead poisoning while living in Swanson Homes – with symptoms that included hallucinations and bloody stools – plans to sue the agency that oversees the complex.Records obtained by The Virginian-Pilot last week show that lawyers representing Irene Cuffee have told the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority it plans to take her son’s case to court.“We wish to ensure that appropriate preservation and litigation holds be placed,” Norfolk-based attorney Richard Serpe wrote to the PRHA on Dec. 21. Serpe’s letter instructs the authority to keep records that include photographs, emails and reports related to the testing for lead at the public housing complex.Serpe, whose law firm specializes in personal injury cases, including toxic exposure, asked the authority to share his letter with the PRHA’s insurance carrier. He also requested a copy of the authority’s insurance policies.Reached by phone last … [Read more...] about Her toddler got lead poisoning. Now mom plans to sue Portsmouth housing authority.
The stately, stone twin house on a hill in Germantown was 125 years old, and Emmalee and Jason MacDonald basked in visions of starting, and raising, a family there. A wall of windows lets the sun into a spacious, open kitchen, which was cool considering Jason’s background in the food industry. And it had a wood-burning fireplace, a flagstone patio, marble countertops, a huge basement, four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. They bought it in 2012. A pair of children would soon follow. Things were going according to plan, but five years in, their dreams turned to the sort of nightmares that consume a family’s every waking moment. Instead of savoring their home on West Price Street, they’ll soon post a For Sale sign out front of the house they no longer occupy.Who's to blame for their dream falling apart? The City of Philadelphia, the MacDonalds say, which dragged them into court and painted them, in legal documents, as slumlords – even as they worked … [Read more...] about Their son got lead poisoning and the city treated them like slumlords
Tuesday, April 03, 2018 by: Edsel Cook Tags: badhealth, badpollution, clean water, contamination, Grand Rapids, Lead, Lead contamination, lead exposure, lead exposure in children, lead poisoning, lead-based paint, Legionnaire's disease, Michigan, water pollution (Natural News) If you’re a resident of zip code 49507 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, chances are you’ve been exposed to high – or even dangerous – levels of lead. And unlike the ongoing crisis in Flint, the culprit is the paint on your windows, reported Wood TV. Lead exposure has plagued Grand Rapids for years. And nowhere is the problem more prevalent than in zip code 49507. According to a recent report by the Kent County Lead Task Force, the Grand Rapids zip code harbored the highest number of lead poisoning incidents in the state of Michigan during 2015 and 2016. And things are not getting any better – 2016 and 2017 have witnessed a shocking 40 percent jump in the prevalence of lead-related … [Read more...] about More cases of lead poisoning in Michigan – this time in Grand Rapids
Sunday, April 01, 2018 by: Janine Acero Tags: badpollution, bald eagles, Black Hawk Wildlife Project, Ecology, environ, Heavy metals, hunting, iowa, lead ammo, lead ammunition, lead bullets, lead poisoning, Saving Our Avian Resources, SOAR, toxic elements, toxic substances, wildlife, wildlife threat (Natural News) The majestic bald eagle faces a growing threat from hunters – not from bullet wounds, but from lead poisoning. The eagles reportedly have been eating dead animals whose carcasses were not properly disposed off by the hunters that shot them, according to WQAD.com. One eagle, which was rescued and brought to a SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources) rehabilitation center for raptors in Manning, was found to have dangerous levels of lead in the blood. Kay Neumann, SOAR’s executive director, points to lead bullets as one of the leading causes of wildlife poisoning in Iowa, and sends a plea to hunters to refrain from using these types of ammunition. Other animals … [Read more...] about Bald eagles dying of lead poisoning in Iowa