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Natural disasters stir up lead, other 'horrendous' risks

from The Weather Channel

Three years ago, a mile-wide tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, killing 158, and leveling much of the 50,000-person town. Years later, the town is still recovering from this event and dealing with one unexpected effect: Lead contamination. Before the storm, the town had a lead contamination level of near zero. Afterward, 40 percent of the town's yards were contaminated with lead — a serious health risk, particularly for children. more


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