The lead in air surrounding airports can be inhaled directly, or the lead may be ingested by children after it settles into soil or dust. The EPA estimates that 3 million American children go to school within 1 km (0.6 miles) of airports where they may be exposed to lead. “[T]he reality is that exposure to aviation gasoline contributes to children’s exposure to lead, something that we have known for a very, very long time is bad for children,” says University of Michigan environment health scientist Marie Lynn Miranda.
Aviation is responsible for half the airborne lead in the United States—but we can shut it down. Join us in demanding that the EPA ban the use of lead in aviation gas.
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