Stirring up forgotten lead: Smelters across US at risk from tornadoes, floods, quakes ~Brian Biencowsky, Environmental Health News

Posted on May 21, 2014 By

This is a pernicious problem here in Louisiana, not only with oil still washing up on our coast from the  BP Oilspill but with abandoned oil and gas wells across the state. ~Bruce Biles

Builders in Joplin must now test for lead and clean it up before construction begins. -Image courtesy of the US Army Corps of Engineers

Builders in Joplin must now test for lead and clean it up before construction begins. -Image courtesy of the US Army Corps of Engineers

As tornado season ramps up and some natural disasters become more common across the United States, storms and floods can bring an ugly, largely forgotten past back to the surface. Just look at Joplin, Mo. Despite a Superfund cleanup, the tornado had no trouble stirring up some of the 9 million tons of toxic wastes left behind from hundreds of lead mines and 17 smelters. ~Read more.

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