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QUESTION: Chasing down medical problems in my family after growing up in Port Pirie 19 Mar 2008 Queensland, Australia

I am doing research because of medical conditions. Myself and four younger siblings then under 10 lived in what the Director of the Environment Section of the Pt. Pirie Council told me considers the worst lead affected area. The youngest my sister Karen - when we left Pt. Pirie - had what was called epilepsy until "she grew out of it". The two houses we were in were demolished (we found out when two of us went looking for them) At the time also Uranium Enrichment ponds were where we walked down the end of "The Terrace" who would think walking and fresh air wasn't healthy? When I was 18 my new husband wanted to move to Broken Hill and I spent 8 years there also. It seems I did not have a choice in where I went - but if in some way with the research I am currently doing I am able to give some help I am willing. I currently reside in Redland Bay, 45 mins from Brisbane. I have only found your site this evening after hours and hours of searching. I still have a bit! of legwork to do since I am chasing down medical problems in my family and their children. I am currently 48.

Very Best,

Deborah

ANSWER: 19 Mar 2008

Hi Deborah,

I had not seen your email below when I emailed you our Info Packs 56 and 23 but I hope they are helpful to you. I will be away for Easter from midday today (which is why I'm working so late trying to answer as many emails as I can) until next Wednesday but when I return I'll happily attempt to answer any specific questions you have about lead's health impacts.

Have you seen our fact sheet entitled "Health Impacts of Lead Poisoning - A Preliminary Listing of The Health Effects & Symptoms of Lead Poisoning"? There has been so much research on lead recently that the fact sheet is in dire need of updating so if, through your travails you felt like contributing to the update of our fact sheet, we'd be very grateful and would replace the old one with the new online. I'm afraid I know practically nothing about uranium except that you need a lot of lead for radiation shielding from it and uranium is highly toxic, apart from being radioactive.

I have also sent you an invitation to join our Lead Point Source Communities egroup so I hope you will do that and you can certainly send any queries to egroups in case you get all the answers you need before I return to the office!

All the best

Yours Sincerely

Elizabeth O'Brien

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