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Re: E-M:/ Another contaminated Detroit school site

If there is greater risk from children in their homes, then the school districts should be bending over backwards to ensure that they are not getting contaminated at school.  Whether or not Mr. Burnley is a good person is beside the point.  Good people can be ignorant too. 
As for the lead issue being "greater than just a new proposed school site", that's undeniable.  However, Mr. Burnley doesn't have control over the "lead issue".  He does have control over whether children are poisoned at schools under his jurisdiction.  Conflating the enormous "lead issue" into the legitimate jurisdiction of the superintendent is a silly way to make your point. 
If children in those schools under his jurisdiction may have lead poisoning, then the district should be undertaking a program to identify poisoned kids and take remedial action including educating the parents about the dangers of lead and how to minimize exposure.  There is no excuse for putting children in harm's way.  None. 
If the sites have potential contamination, test them thoroughly.  If they are clean, then build.  If they are contaminated, clean it up or don't build the school there. 
So here is the question:  What testing is the district doing on the grounds and for the children? 
And why doesn't Mr. Burnley respond to the list while were at it?
David Zaber
----- Original Message -----
From: Grant Trigger
To: dzaber@chorus.net ; enviro-mich@great-lakes.net ; ortpam@mediaone.net
Sent: Monday, July 23, 2001 2:49 PM
Subject: Re: E-M:/ Another contaminated Detroit school site

Dr, Burnley is a fine man and excellent school administrator - it is unfair to take a shot at him when all you have to go on is a newspaper report.  I can assure you if there is evidence of the kids being exposed (and I may add its likely they have greater risk in their own homes) he will do the right thing.  The lead issue is much greater than just a new proposed school site in any event.

>>> "David Zaber" <dzaber@chorus.net> 07/22/01 10:59AM >>>
It is hard to believe that a school official like Burnley would be so ignorant of the effects of lead.  If there were lead in school grounds at 30 times normal levels, I would IMMEDIATELY have all students currently attending tested for lead poisoning (venous, not capillary). 

One must wonder whether lead poisoning can explaing the actions of Republican politicians in Michigan.  After all, it does cause brain damage.......
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Pam Ortner
  To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
  Sent: Friday, July 20, 2001 6:37 PM
  Subject: Re: E-M:/ Another contaminated Detroit school site

  Enviro-Mich message from "Pam Ortner" <ortpam@mediaone.net>

  Burnley has an incredible lack of knowledge of the impact of lead on the
  cognitive functioning of children already at high risk for lead poisoning
  from their home and community environments, especially those children who
  are at the developmental stage under six years of age.  shame on him.

  Pam Ortner, R.N.

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