|LEAD Action News Volume
13 Number 4, June 2013, ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News (ISSN 1440-0561)
The Journal of The LEAD (Lead Education and Abatement Design) Group Inc.
Editorial Team: Elizabeth O’Brien, Zac Gethin-Damon, Hitesh Lohani, Shristi Lohani and David Ratcliffe
This Newsletter has a strong focus on land contamination and environmental risk arising from ammunition materials. The main article, Dr Peter J Hurley’s – Cylenchar Limited UK presentation, details the corrosion and subsequent potential impacts of lead and lead-based alloys on the environment are examined before a comparison to steel shot is made. The conclusion made is that steel shot is not a ‘non-toxic’ alternative to lead, Dr Hurley leaving with the message that a holistic approach is required if we are to prevent any undesired environmental consequences. This main article is followed by a supporting article in which the risks of lead poisoning while using and handling firearms are discussed, detailing possible ways lead particulates can be transferred to the body.
Another significant issue in this Newsletter is contamination in communities surrounding lead manufacturing and mining areas. Lead industry towns Mount Isa, one of the largest mining sites in Australia, and Sandringham, Victoria, where Dunlop lead acid battery manufacturing factory was located, are discussed in order to portray the fact that areas where lead industry is or was located have increased levels of lead contamination.
Also of interest is the article What should I test this with which makes recommendations regarding which testing method is best for which material: paint, ceramics, metal etc, as well as the cautionary article Keep leaded six leggeds out of FAO edible insect strategy which warns of the potential leaded content of edible insects and the implications of lead for pre-conception health in the included excerpt from the book Planning For A Healthy Baby by Belinda Barnes & Suzanne Gail Bradley.
Finally various emails highlight some of the current efforts to raise awareness about lead poisoning and promote partnerships around the world. As a result of such action there has been exciting progress in the lead prevention world, the World Health Organisation’s announcing that the Inaugural International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action will take place from 20-26 October 2013.
We at The LEAD Group wish Shristi Lohani well in her travels to Nepal and the US where she will get married. We are extremely thankful for her vast contribution to the LEAD Group over the last few years. We’ll especially miss her as part of this editorial team.
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