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Throughout the world today one out of every six children under the age of six are suffering from health disorders due to a poisonous metal known as leadKiwanis 1996 Lead is a natural occurring bluish-grey metal found in the earths crust It has no taste or smell Lead can easily be found in all parts of our environment today Most of it comes from mining manufacturing and last but not least the burning of fossil fuelsXintaras 1993 In the United States lead poison has increased because of the lack of knowledge in our society Background information on the effects lead poison has on children Lead is released into the environment by industries the burning of fossil fuels or wastes When lead enters the environment it starts to become a problem After a period of about ten days depending on the weather it falls to the surface Here lead builds up in the soil particles Where it may make its way into underground water or drinking water due to the fact the grounds acidic or if its soft enough Either way it stays a long time on the soil or in water Months or years down the road after the lead has built up it starts to become a problem for children that play outside of their homes Xintaras 1993 These lead containing soil particles get on the childs hands or clothing and end up in the childs mouth After the build up of so much lead it leads to a problem commonly known as lead poison Lead poisoning has been an issue since the early 1900s when the use of lead started being banned from the manufacturing of paint in foreign countries such as AustraliaMonheit 1996 Unfortunately the United States did not start banding it until 1978 when it finally became illegal in our nation Today 90 of the lead in the atmosphere comes from the burning of gasoline This
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