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Tainted earth : smelters, public health, and the environment / Marianne Sullivan.

By: Sullivan, Marianne, 1970-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Critical issues in health and medicine: Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [2014]Copyright date: ©2014Description: 1 online resource (xii, 238 pages) : illustrations, maps.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780813562803 (electronic bk.); 0813562805 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Pollution -- Texas | Pollution -- Idaho | Pollution -- WashingtonAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Tainted earthDDC classification: 363.739/2 LOC classification: RA576.A1Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
The Tacoma Smelter -- City of destiny, city of smoke -- Uncovering a crisis in El Paso -- Bunker Hill -- Tacoma : a disaster is discovered -- A carcinogenic threat -- Sacrificed.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

The Tacoma Smelter -- City of destiny, city of smoke -- Uncovering a crisis in El Paso -- Bunker Hill -- Tacoma : a disaster is discovered -- A carcinogenic threat -- Sacrificed.

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Managing the health risks posed by important economic activities is an enduring problem, especially if the activity underpins the financial health of a small community. In this volume, part of the "Critical Issues in Health and Medicine" series, Sullivan (William Paterson Univ. of New Jersey) provides a detailed history, with a technical focus, of the environmental impact of three metal smelters located in Tacoma, Washington, El Paso, Texas, and Kellogg, Idaho. The pollutants are arsenic and lead. The populations most affected are children. The dilemma is the safe level of exposure. In the fray are the "don't-worry" smelter companies, supported by many families who worked for them, and public health scientists, hammering away to lower emissions. An important part of the smelter stories is the use of very tall smokestacks, allowed by early environmental regulations, to achieve safe downwind ground-level concentrations of sulfur dioxide. This resulted in widespread particulate contamination (containing arsenic and lead) in the soil around the stacks. The three smelters are closed, but the soil pollution legacy remains. Better maps would be a useful enhancement. This is a well-documented story (51 pages of endnotes), providing a warning to other nations where the smelters now glow. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic, general, and professional library collections. B. C. Wyman McNeese State University

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<p>MARIANNE SULLIVAN is an assistant professor of public health at William Paterson University of New Jersey and served as an epidemiologist for Public Health-Seattle and King County in Washington. She is the author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed public health journals.<br> <br> </p>

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