Magazine article Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. The IRE Journal

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Magazine article Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. The IRE Journal

From the IRE Resource Center

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Additional stories on lead pollution can be found in the IRE Resource Center. IRE members can order copies by calling 573-882-3364 or e-mailing rescntr@ire.org.

* Story No. 22615: Poor environmental protection in Chesapeake, Va., allowed developers to build homes on severely polluted land. In one subdivision, lead contamination is so high that homeowners are forbidden to grow vegetables or water their lawns with groundwater. Robert McCabe, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot. (2005)

* Story No. 21762: After a 1-year-old suffered brain damage from lead poisoning, investigators tested the costume jewelry popular among kids. All the jewelry tested contained lead, which prompted a voluntary recall of more than 150 million pieces of jewelry sold out of gumball machines. Tisha Thompson, Bill Fink, WMAR-Baltimore. (2004)

* Story No. 21406: Herculaneum.Mo., was built around the Doe Run plant now the nation's largest lead smelter. Despite official claims of attempts to limit pollution, the soil and airare both affected and children who live near the plant test positive for too-high levels of lead. Chris Birk, Katie Tiernan, Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. (2002)

* Story No. 20369: Lead cleanups in the United States are failing due to poor strategy. About 2.5 million Americans suffered lead poisoning in the last decade, and an estimated 300,000 children ,22,000 of whom live in Michigan, face long-term difficulties. Emilia Askari, Tina Lam, Megan Christensen, Marsha Low, Hugh McDiarmid, Jr, Dan Shine, Shawn Windsor, Wendy Wendland-Bowyer, Detroit Free Press. …

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