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Environ Geochem Health. 1996 Sep;18(3):123-8. doi: 10.1007/BF01771288.

Lead pollution in East Trinidad resulting from lead recycling and smelting activities.

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Department of Chemistry, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad.


Several problems of acute lead poisoning in children have been identified over the past three years in Trinidad. In all cases investigated so far, continual exposure to lead from battery recycling or from lead-smelter wastes have been found responsible. In East Trinidad, illicit dumping of lead wastes from such sources has resulted in several sites becoming heavily contaminated. Some of these sites are in environmentally sensitive areas, including rivers and wetlands, and require urgent remedial action. Results of monitoring studies at several of these sites show lead levels as high as 75% by weight. The potential for surface and ground water contamination exists, as evidenced by leaching of lead into surrounding areas.


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