PRLog - Aug. 22, 2011 - PEORIA, Ariz. -- Earlier this month, it was reported that a St. Louis jury awarded 16 children over $358 million. The plaintiffs claimed they had been exposed to lead from a smelting plant. This is not the first lawsuit against the Missouri plant that is accused of releasing lead into the environment from 1986 through 1994.
Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years by industry and in products found in and around homes. Lead can also be emitted into the air from industrial source, as is the claim against the smelting plant in Missouri. It is also found in leaded aviation gasoline and lead can enter drinking water from plumbing materials.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the following facts to help educate the public about the dangers of lead poisoning:
• Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born.
• Even children who seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies.
• You can get lead in your body by breathing or swallowing lead dust, or by eating soil or paint chips containing lead.
• You have many options for reducing lead hazards. In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard.
• Removing lead-based paint improperly can increase the danger to your family.
“Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and under are most at risk,” reported Brian Mcfarland, Vice President from Legends Environmental Insurance, a leading provider of professional lead insurance coverage. “There is an entire industry dedicated to identifying and remediating properties that have lead-based paints and other sources of lead to protect people and the environment,”
Legends supports an educational video about lead risks in the home exposure that can be seen at:
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