Lynn said: "How about lead in paint - still allowed in military applications." Well, technically, lead is allowed in any paint except consumer and public building indoor and outdoor wall paints.
If there is an art department in your school, lead pigments are used in those paints, inks, and ceramic materials routinely (along with cadmium, chromium VI, cobalt, mercury, and more). Metal priming, auto, boat, and many other paints are exempt from the laws and can be made with lead today if the manufacturers. wish. And auto paints in particular often are lead-containing.
And why do you think the CPSC keeps recalling McDonald and Disney (Shrek) decal decorated glasses for violating the lead and/or cadmium regulations? The glass paints and decals are readily available and not illegal to use it as long as you don't use them on items for children or food. Even then, lead and cadmium can be used on foodware if the amounts of lead and cadmium that leach out on an FDA test are low enough. I'd bet that every person on this list has a piece or even a set of lead-glazed ware somewhere in their kitchen or dinning room china cupboard. That stuff is contributing, at least a little and maybe a lot, to your pollution lead body burden.
In a message dated 1/11/2011 10:04:39 AM Eastern Standard Time, paracelcusbombastusvon**At_Symbol_Here**JUNO.COM writes:
I remember asbestos all to well. Worked on more schools and government buildings in which the abatement caused more of a problem than leaving it in place - rip-'n-runs, bankruptcies, etc. Be cautious what you attempt.
PCBs were also used in suspended ceilings and plastic flame retardant and plasticizers - basic building wiring?
How about lead in paint - still allowed in military applications.
Any air samples take to evaluate potential risk??
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