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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-12-11 05:35 AM
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20. Australia’s big export – lead poison
Edited on Mon Dec-12-11 05:39 AM by Lasher
7 June 2002

Australia’s Federal and State Governments and lead producers should be held accountable for the export of poisonous lead and the high rates of contamination in humans and environments in third world countries, according to the country’s leading campaigner on the issue. We exported 672,000 tonnes of lead worth A$637m in FY 2000 - 2001.

Elizabeth O'Brien said the 4th international lead poisoning prevention conference in Washington DC - "Global Dimensions of Lead" - run by the National Safety Council of the USA, heard that the rate of lead poisoning in India, where many lead batteries have been exported for recycling, was massive.

A survey found that half of the 32,000 Indian people so far blood tested had been found to be lead poisoned, and 90 per cent of the children involved in recycling lead acid batteries were also found to be poisoned.

That was back when you exported one third of your lead acid batteries to other countries. Australia has only recently developed adequate domestic capacity to recycle these batteries so that none of them would be shipped overseas.

Australia shipped their used batteries to countries where children did the actual recycling work and you have the guts to preach to me because the USA sends batteries to be recycled in Mexico? Shame on you.

And what happens when you outsource lithium batteries to your responsible recycler? Do you even know they are being 'dumped', as you characterize it, in another country?
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  -Spent Batteries From U.S. Put Mexicans’ Health at Risk alp227  Dec-08-11 07:53 PM   #0 
  - I didn't know there was a market for exploding Chinese cars. n/t  Ian David   Dec-08-11 07:55 PM   #1 
  - Is there any other kind?  bluedigger   Dec-08-11 08:10 PM   #2 
  - E-waste "recycling" in places like Africa and India is horrific  IDemo   Dec-08-11 08:44 PM   #3 
  - Lead in used U.S. batteries put Mexicans at risk  Judi Lynn   Dec-09-11 06:13 AM   #4 
  - A good, blunt heads up to Mexican regulators to up their recycling standards.  pinto   Dec-09-11 06:13 AM   #5 
  - Strange, how the lead in used Mexican batteries don't seem to put them at risk.  Lasher   Dec-09-11 06:13 AM   #6 
  - Strange how the US consumes damned near everything, inc. lead...  TheMadMonk   Dec-09-11 06:13 AM   #7 
     - Everybody wants to consume.  Lasher   Dec-09-11 06:13 AM   #8 
        - True enough. But far too many Americans deliberately OVERCONSUME...  TheMadMonk   Dec-09-11 06:13 AM   #10 
           - Wait a minute, Mexicans want those used batteries.  Lasher   Dec-09-11 06:13 AM   #11 
              - So anyone who's desperate enough to risk their own lives for your...  TheMadMonk   Dec-09-11 03:56 PM   #12 
                 - So what do you do with your own depleted batteries?  Lasher   Dec-09-11 08:50 PM   #13 
                    - Do you really want a pissing match? Stop deliberately misinterpretting...  TheMadMonk   Dec-10-11 06:12 AM   #14 
                       - It is a legitimate appeal to the principle of similar circumstances.  Lasher   Dec-10-11 09:46 AM   #17 
                          - I outsource to a responsible recycler. The US outsources ALWAYS...  TheMadMonk   Dec-10-11 07:56 PM   #18 
                             - Australia’s big export – lead poison  Lasher   Dec-12-11 05:35 AM   #20 
  - Its America's fault for not attaching Environmental Rules to NAFTA  FreakinDJ   Dec-09-11 06:13 AM   #9 
  - This is Mexico's fault, not ours. Mexico is a oligarchy, has been since before Pancho Villa.  Drahthaardogs   Dec-10-11 06:28 AM   #15 
  - We need a revolution also.  Hotler   Dec-10-11 08:47 AM   #16 
  - Spent batteries from Mexico too. n/t  tabasco   Dec-10-11 10:45 PM   #19 

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