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Re: E-M:/ Where's the outrage?

Enviro-Mich message from "Mary La France" <mary.lafrance@mindspring.com>

*** 22,000 of Michigan's Developing Children Are At Risk From Exposure to
Lead ***

It's in the soil in high concentrations, not just in peeling paint of old

Children exposed to lead can tolerate only 6 micrograms of lead per day.

   That's 1/17 the size of a grain of Salt!

 Which leads to - Decreased intelligence
                - Learning disabilities
                - Behavior problems

Our children are losing from 2 to 8 IQ Points for every increase of 10 in
their blood level.

In 1960's a person was considered lead poisoned
if the blood level was 60 . . . now it's 10.

The damage is irreperable, there are 3,228 lead-poisoned children just in

Communities across Michigan have been affected: Leelanau, Manistee,
Muskegon, Kent, Saginaw, Berrien, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Calhoun
Jackson, Wayne, and Washtenaw Counties are all included among the worst.

Government officials have ignored FOIA requests and tried to claim that
sensitive information "doesn't exist" and charged dubious amounts of money
for the data.

For example:

The Michigan Department of Community Health denied blood test data even
exists and then offered it for $2445.58.

The City of Detroit said FOIA information that the Free Press requested was
lost and then tried to charge $4350.44 for it.

Former Governor Engler's spokesperson said "Michigan has more pressing
public health issues than lead poisoning", in spite of a 1994 Engler
appointed scientific panel's findings.

Mis-management has effected Michigan's ability to get our fair share of
federal funds.
A scant $8 million was awarded to Michigna compared to California which
received $81 million.

The $675 million Clean Michigan Fund spent only $4 million to clean up an
old Detroit hotel which is now slated for demolition!!!

If you haven't read it yet check out:  http://www.freep.com/news/

Look in the 'CHILDREN FIRST" section for 5 article group.....

Detroit News/editorial


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