#1 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, December 23rd, 2013 16:52
#2 By: c, December 23rd, 2013 17:13
I wonder if the inventors of leaded gas thought "well, it will get burned up during combustion and just disappear"-- it's an element, it's not going anywhere.
And it's STILL in use in jets and race cars? Jeez. Well, one more reason for me not to go to a NASCAR event.
#3 By: fuzzyfuzzyfungus, December 23rd, 2013 17:58
They may not have had the imagination to envision the scale of the resulting problem; but the producers of organolead anti-knock compounds had no reason to be cheerful about its safety. The good Mr. Midgley had a number of workers die during his R&D, and got a pretty stiff hit of lead poisoning himself.
Freon, he arguably has clean hands on, since he died decades before its ozone depleting effects became known. Lead? He just didn't give a fuck, apparently.
#4 By: IMB, December 23rd, 2013 18:28
There was also an abundance of lead paint which, before regulations on remediation began, was probably just strewn all over the ground when buildings were razed. Or who knows where fill was brought in from, etc.?
#5 By: nonfer, December 25th, 2013 12:12
♥ effects of pollution don't vanish just because the pollution ends.♥
#6 By: Jhertzli, December 25th, 2013 16:53
If you live in an urban area, you might want to avoid being a locavore.
#7 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, December 28th, 2013 16:48
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