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Resource ID: #13830
Subject: Hazardous Waste
Source: Chicago Reporter
Date: February and May 1996



The two-part series looks at problems with lead detection and prevention on both the local and federal levels. Exposure to lead, which comes primarily through peeling lead-based paint, can cause a decline in I.Q., learning disabilities, anemia, kidney damage, mental retardation, seizures and even death, especially in children. While the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services called lead poisoning the top environmental health hazard to children in 1991, the problem still persists in low-income communities. (Feb. - May, 1996)

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