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The health hazards due to lead smelting are many and possibly fatal The Robinson lead smelting facility in our town has been polluting our soil for years and it is time to face the fact and stop it from ruining our community The prior lawsuits against smelting plants and the evidence within our own neighborhoods should be enough reason to get on the phone with the State Health Department and get them down here to conduct their study and shut the plant down If you are not familiar with the dangers of lead poisoning and its correlation to what is going on here in our community then please read this report carefully When lead is melted it produces poisonous fumes and dust which can find their way into the soil and air around the melting area1 This is a process that occurs all day just down the street from hundreds of unsuspecting victims At the lead smelting plant they undergo a process which melts lead and then fuses it or separates it to produce an ore or a pure sample of lead2 Both processes release extremely dangerous amounts of inorganic toxic lead in the form of dust or fumes Without the proper containment these materials can find their way into our water system or just settle in the soil around the plant3 Either way that means that the whole community is exposed to the dangerous by-products produced by the Robinson Smelting Co Effects of the lead exposure are extremely evident in our community All of us have noticed an increase in the number and frequency of illnesses in our neighborhood respiratory problems rashes as well as increased fatigue and forgetfulness Lead has a very large range of effects at both high levels damage to basically every organ in you body possible death depending on length of exposure and at low levels effecting hem synthesis impairment of psychological and neurobehavioral functions and various other biochemical processes1
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