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Many Small Planes Still Run On Toxic Lead Fuel, And That Risks The Health Of Millions

By Lynne Peeples

A children’s playground shares a fence with the Santa Monica Airport. (Michael Brodsky)

The regular racket of propeller planes flying in and out of Santa Monica Airport is troublesome enough for many in the local community. Schools, playgrounds and culs-de-sac flank all sides of the runway, with some homes as close as 200 hundred feet away. But residents here, and near the almost 20,000 other general-aviation airports around the country, are now catching wind of a potentially more insidious problem posed by low-flying planes: toxic lead.

“I was shocked to find out that they still use lead in the gasoline for those …read more

Source: Huffington Post Green