Lead Poisoning Haunts Chinese Smelter Communities

A Reuters story looks at the two cases of widespread lead poisoning reported around the globe last week:

Yet these cases are far from unique. Interviews this weekend showed that is endemic among villages near Chinese smelters.

In Fengxian, where smoke billows from a Dongling Group zinc smelter, two wan and listless toddlers were diagnosed with high levels of lead in their blood earlier this year. Villagers requested but did not get testing for 30 other .

“These problems are really common actually. ’s just that the Dongling case in Changqing got some attention,” said a villager surnamed Tu. Older villagers developed circulatory problems and some workers at the plant got too sick to work.

“This environmental is not unique to Fengxian. It’s all over.”

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