Chesapeake PSR

Lead (Pb) monitoring in South Baltimore, Curtis Bay

Toxics and Health, LeadTimothy WhitehouseComment

With renewed attention on the health effects of lead (Pb) in Baltimore, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility (Chesapeake PSR) looked at government and industry reports on air emissions of lead in South Baltimore and Curtis Bay as part of its effort to develop comments on the Maryland Department of the Environment's (MDE) Air Monitoring Network Plan.

Chesapeake PSR found "that the public is given incomplete, inaccurate and misleading emissions estimates for lead and that as a consequence, the public lacks the most basic tools to understand actual emissions, as well as the cumulative effects that these emissions have on peak air lead pollution levels, on lead air pollution transportation and deposition patterns."

Chesapeake PSR has asked MDE to provide the public with better information on lead emissions and to extend the comment period on Maryland's Air Monitoring Network Plan by 60 days. Read our comments here.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) infographic on lead here