|Effects of Lead. Source: Seattle Times|
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has to be one of the least accountable political organizations in the United States.
In the recent Chicago Tribune article Studies link childhood lead exposure, violent crime experts explain the horrifying effects of lead poisoning, including brain damage to children.
In Bayonne Bridge work makes life miserable for area residents, a port authority representative is quoted as saying that paint chips dropped or blown on residents homes “could” contain lead, but indicates it’s not a big issue, since they have to be ingested to do damage.
The port authority has acknowledged there there is lead in the ground around the bridge. If they don’t know if there is lead in the paint chips, do they know if there is lead in the airborne particulate matter building up on and around residents’ homes? It doesn’t take ingestion of lead in particulate matter to harm children – simply breathing it would do damage. There is no minimum safe level.
Is the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey really so cavalier with children’s health?
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