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Elevated Blood Lead Levels Prompt Salina Investigation

KSAL Staff - June 7, 2016 3:49 pm

Elevated blood lead levels in over two-dozen Salina children have prompted an investigation by state officials, and an upcoming public meeting.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the agency will hold a public information session on Tuesday, June 21st,  at 6:30 p.m. at the Salina Community Theatre.

KDHE staff will discuss and take questions about the investigation that KDHE is beginning into the elevated blood levels in about 30 Saline County children. Staff will present plans to determine the cause or causes of the elevated blood lead levels and provide information on how to prevent lead exposure.

Residents included in the investigation will be contacted by KDHE and invited to attend the meeting.

Sheryl Musfelt

June 7, 2016 at 5:52 pm

Why are we waiting 14 days for a public meeting?

Heidi Luebbert

June 7, 2016 at 7:27 pm

Gee, I wonder. (Exide)

Donna Rowe

June 7, 2016 at 7:53 pm

They’re probably waiting until they have the results of the investigation. Also gives them time to work on their spin. :/

Terry Clark

June 8, 2016 at 5:12 am

My letter to The Salina Journal, published April 4, 2006:

What Price, Pollutants?

According to the Salina Journal of Feb. 19, the Exide battery plant emitted 5,700 pounds of lead into the air over Salina in 2004. Unfortunately, the lead doesn’t simply float off to some uninhabitable planet, but rather comes back to Earth and into the water supplies we drink and use to irrigate our crops. In short, onto and into everyone and everything.

Now we have the story of 27 cows in Minneapolis that died from licking lead-based dry paint.

Perhaps it is not just the cows, but the entire human race, hellbent on profits over people no matter what the cost in lives and health, that is licked.

The next time you read an obituary, ask yourself: Were it not for the additional harm caused to that person’s systems by lead and other pollutants, poisons spewed into our environment because “it would cost too much” to prevent the emissions, might that person’s body have been strong enough to have overcome and survived the “official” cause of death?

The next time you see a mentally handicapped person, ask yourself: Would that person be facing such challenges were it not for businesses “maximizing profits?”

Arcata, Calif.

Susan Lee

June 8, 2016 at 11:27 am

14 days, 14 years. Does it really matter? Nothing will be done. It may take years and years of debate on “who is at fault, who will clean up the mess” for any action, if any, to be taken. The Schilling debacle is a prime example of incompetence and disregard for human life. Large drums of a very toxic chemical were poured on the premises with the workers “sworn to secrecy” , resulting in untold damage to Salina citizens. I know of two women who were carrying babies without heads because of this toxic waste. (Doctors in Wichita placed the blame on the chemical dump) As long as the almighty dollar is more important than human life, we will continue to be poisoned.

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