Let’s Take the Lead on Lead
In the wake of the contaminated water in Flint, Mich., and the documented high levels of toxic emissions from glass factories here in Portland, it’s worth noting that hundreds of homes will go down among us this year, in a cloud of dust sure to contain lead and other hazardous materials. The dust travels up to 400 feet, according to a federal study, free to be ingested by people and settle on yards, gardens, and play equipment.
Join us for a special engagement preview screening of MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic and join the front lines in protecting yourself and others from lead poisoning.
Free and open to the public
6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
Online RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-engagement-preview-screening-of-mislead-hollywood-theater-pdx-tickets-20834632948
A Q&A follows. The event is presented by Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association, Lead Safe America, and United Neighborhoods for Reform, and supported by a grant from Central Northeast Neighbors.
Background on Portland demolitions
Many homes in Portland were built before 1978, when up to 70 percent—or about 15 pounds—of a can of paint consisted of lead. Careless renovation or demolition releases lead particulates into the environment, posing irreversible health effects.
Children are most at risk. The Centers for Disease Control has said there is no amount of lead that is safe in children. Children, who are most susceptible to lead’s irreversible effects because of their developing systems, are least able to know to avoid contact with lead dust and how to protect themselves. They probably won’t think to wash their hands before eating after playing on a swing set coated in dust from a nearby demolition.
During demolitions, lead paint is pulverized and dust sent into the air, settling into soil and on play equipment in yards up to 400 feet away. Lead already is regulated in renovation projects of 6 square feet or more, but not for demolitions.
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