Stories tagged: lead
UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 6:45 p.m.
Northport residents renew calls for air monitoring after state modeling says a Canadian smelter is polluting their town
Northport residents want air quality monitors installed after state modeling suggested a Canadian smelter could be blanketing their town with heavy metals.
Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 5 a.m.
Spokane Fire Department air packs found to be clear of contaminants
Spokane firefighters may soon breath easy again after a recent round of testing determined there are no contaminants in the department’s air tanks.
Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 6 a.m.
Tests show lead in air equipment used by Spokane firefighters
Further rounds of testing have discovered lead in two now-decommissioned compressors used to supply Spokane firefighters with breathable air.
Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 6 a.m.
Spokane firefighters get new compressors to fill air tanks, amid concerns of lead contamination
The Spokane City Council on Monday unanimously approved the purchase of two new compressors to fill the air tanks of firefighters, after an odd smell prompted the department to take …
Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 1:13 p.m.
Tests show high lead levels at 4 Flint schools, care centers
Only four schools and care facilities in Flint had elevated levels of lead in their water during recent tests, though one school district refused to allow the testing as the …
Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 9:46 p.m.
New Maine lead law fuels 10-fold jump in children tested
Maine’s new lead exposure standards have led to a 10-fold jump in children identified as having been poisoned by lead.
Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 3:46 p.m.
Flint’s lead-poisoned water had a ‘horrifyingly large’ effect on fetal deaths, study finds
The fertility rate in Flint, Michigan, dropped precipitously after the city decided to switch to lead-poisoned Flint River water in 2014, according to a new working paper.
Sun., July 16, 2017, 10:50 a.m.
Bald eagle threat: Lead ammo left behind by hunters
Bald eagles have made a remarkable recovery across the United States since the pesticide DDT was banned 45 years ago, but the majestic birds are still dying from another environmental …
Wed., June 28, 2017, 9:19 a.m.
Michigan sues Flint after council refuses to OK water deal
The state of Michigan sued Flint Wednesday, alleging that the city council’s refusal to approve a broadly backed deal to buy water long term from a Detroit-area system is endangering …
UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 12:02 a.m.
Spokane making progress on water metering, but some losses still unexplained
The city of Spokane says it met all state and federal standards for the quality of its drinking water in 2016, although leaky pipes and metering remain a problem.
UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 6:05 p.m.
Canadian company says it wants to buy Bunker Hill Mine for $30 million
There’s talk once again of reopening the storied Bunker Hill Mine in the Silver Valley.
UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Blood tests may have significantly underestimated lead levels, FDA and CDC warn
Federal officials are warning that some blood tests may have “significantly” underestimated lead levels, and they are urging the retesting of some children, as well as pregnant and breast-feeding women.
Tue., May 16, 2017, 9:54 p.m.
Oregon voters approve Portland schools bond, reject Coos County pipeline ban
Portland voters Tuesday approved the largest school bond in state history, which would raise taxes to address high levels of lead in drinking water at nearly every school and pay …
Mon., May 15, 2017, 9:07 a.m.
Oregon took months to fix lead problems at juvenile prisons
Oregon officials knew in July 2016 that tap water in juvenile prisons had excessive levels of lead but took eight months to test the entire system and shut down bad …
UPDATED: Fri., May 12, 2017, 8:14 a.m.
Portland to vote on tax hike to fix lead in schools
Voters in Oregon’s largest city are poised to vote on the biggest school bond in state history after a scandal over high levels of lead in the water at almost …
UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 7:03 p.m.
EPA asks what rules to cut, gets earful about dirty water
Seeking suggestions about what environmental regulations it should gut, the Trump administration on Tuesday got an earful from people who say federal rules limiting air and water pollution aren’t strict …
Fri., April 7, 2017, 8:57 a.m.
Contractor hired to remove lead from police shooting range
Boise officials have hired a contractor to clean up lead and other debris that’s accumulated at a police shooting range in the foothills on the north side of the city.
Thu., April 6, 2017, 6:12 a.m.
Trump’s EPA moves to defund programs that protect children from lead-based paint
Environmental Protection Agency officials are proposing to eliminate two programs focused on limiting children’s exposure to lead-based paint – which is known to cause damage to developing brains and nervous …
Wed., March 29, 2017, 6:54 a.m.
Lead exposure alters children’s lives decades later, study indicates
Children with elevated blood-lead levels at age 11 ended up as adults with lower cognitive function and lower-status occupations than their parents, according to research that offers one of the …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 12:56 p.m.
Flint residents must start paying for water they still can’t drink without a filter
Residents in Flint, Michigan, are about to start paying the full cost of their water again, even though what’s flowing from their taps has yet to be declared safe to …
Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 3:10 p.m.
Commission: ‘Systemic racism’ at root of Flint water crisis
“Systemic racism” going back decades is at the core of problems that caused a lead-contaminated water crisis in the majority black city of Flint, according to a Michigan Civil Rights …
Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 8:04 a.m.
Flint mayor questions Michigan governor’s decision to stop water bill credits in aftermath of lead contamination crisis
LANSING, Mich. – The mayor of Flint is planning to meet with Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday to discuss Michigan’s decision to withdraw some financial assistance that was originally offered to …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 8:22 a.m.
Tri-Cities school districts testing water for lead, copper
Kennewick schools recently shut off or replaced roughly 54 water faucets and 20 drinking fountains as part of an initial round of tests for lead and copper.
Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 7:28 a.m.
Flint’s water plant upgrade cost rises to $108 million
A consultant says the cost of upgrading Flint’s water treatment plant is estimated at $108 million, up slightly from an earlier estimate.
Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 7:08 a.m.
Flint-area residents seek $700M from EPA over water crisis
More than 1,700 Flint-area residents and property owners are seeking more than $700 million in damages from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its handling of the city’s crisis with …
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 5:52 p.m.
Flint water has fallen below federal lead limit
Flint’s water system no longer has levels of lead exceeding the federal limit, a key finding that Michigan state environmental officials said Tuesday is good news for a city whose …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Coeur d’Alene contractor fined for failing to control lead dust during home renovation
A Coeur d’Alene contractor was fined $9,800 for not following proper procedures to control lead dust during renovations on a 95-year-old house. Stricter rules for dust control took effect in …
Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 10:05 a.m.
The Latest: Not-guilty pleas by 3 newly charged in Flint
Not-guilty pleas have been entered by three of the four people newly charged in the Flint water investigation.
Wed., Dec. 14, 2016, 10:18 a.m.
National Guard halts events in lead-contaminated armories
The National Guard has stopped all public events at toxic armories across the country in a step to prevent lead exposure.
Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 1:40 p.m.
Oregon health officials release map of schools’ lead tests
Oregon health officials have released an interactive map to allow people to look up results for drinking water lead tests in their local schools.