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Lead Contamination
in the Belledune Area:
Past and Present


Inka Milewski
Conservation Council of New Brunswick
October 2003

W hy look at lead contamination now?

  • The impacts of lead on human health, particularly children, are very well known

  • Lead, cadmium, arsenic and zinc contamination in the Belledune area is well-known – 2.7 million pounds of lead alone have been released into the air between 1974 and 2002

  • The extent of lead and other metal contamination in Belledune and its impact on local residents is not well known

  • Health and environmental impacts of existing industries should be known before any new industrial pollutants are released

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Author Inka Milewski at a protest in Belledune

(photo: Simon Bujold)