Stories tagged: lead
UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019
Amazon vows safety reforms after Washington state AG finds toxic lead and cadmium in children’s products
More than 15,000 people bought school supplies and jewelry geared for young children that contained dangerous levels of lead and cadmium on Amazon in 2017 and 2018, according to an …
Wed., Jan. 30, 2019
Fruit juice has been falling out of favor for its high sugar content and low nutritional value. Now parents have another reason to pull the plug: heavy metals.
Thu., Aug. 30, 2018
Less than a week before classes are scheduled to resume, Detroit’s city school district announced Wednesday that drinking water will be shut off for all its schools due to concerns …
UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018
The city of Spokane recently completed a program to remove all lead lines in its water system.
Wed., July 11, 2018
Bonneville High School shut off its drinking fountains after a test a week ago found a high level of lead in the water in a home economics room.
Sat., June 30, 2018
A soil sample taken from Cydney Gillis’ yard last year confirmed what she had long feared. High levels of arsenic pollute her property in Everett’s Delta neighborhood.
UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018
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
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
Further rounds of testing have discovered lead in two now-decommissioned compressors used to supply Spokane firefighters with breathable air.
Tue., Jan. 9, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
There’s talk once again of reopening the storied Bunker Hill Mine in the Silver Valley.
UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
A consultant says the cost of upgrading Flint’s water treatment plant is estimated at $108 million, up slightly from an earlier estimate.