Bill Sloman said:
There's certainly that kind of stuff in the literature. I don't know
how tightly they've coupled lead in electronic solder to intellectual
development difficulties in kids,
So, no? Not even the electronics part specifically is really necessary,
but the landfill part would be good to know. Most electronics goes into
landfills (or is disposed of overseas) anyway, so it would be a
straightforward link to draw between leaded electronics and landfills.
Plus there's a lot of other rather nasty shit in those piles that would be
unattractive at best to be drinking, beyond just lead.
Now... that "overseas" part is interesting, because most 3rd world people
just burn the shit to get at the copper, releasing all manner of awful
chloro-bromo-fluoro-trans-cadaveroxyl-horribleinates which they aren't
even wearing masks for, not that a mere dust mask would even help that
much. Again, lead isn't as much of a hazard from inhalation, maybe the
dust -- but the burn piles will retain a whole lot of it, and that's not
very good for the people or the land. So give or take the disposal method
(open or closed, overseas or recycled, etc.), it would be environmentally
and morally responsible to use less toxic / more burnable/disposable
materials, in general.
but the connection to lead in the
environment (and in the kids) is solid.
When I signed the lease to this [old-ish, '50s era I believe] apartment, I
had to sign a disclaimer acknowledging it contains leaded paint. It's
definitely a good thing to be aware of. My neighbor has a little girl, be
a shame if she started eating paint chips. Every so often I hear violin
sounds from across the hall, which has the characteristic waver of an
inexperienced player, but given she's probably 8 or so, I'd guess she's
doing very well.