Recognising and responding to the obvious: the source of lead pollution at Mount Isa and the likely health impacts

Munksgaard, Niels C., Taylor, Mark P., and Mackay, Alana (2010) Recognising and responding to the obvious: the source of lead pollution at Mount Isa and the likely health impacts. Medical Journal of Australia, 193 (3). pp. 131-132.

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Abstract

[Extract] Environmental lead levels and blood lead concentrations in children at Mount Isa, in north-western Queensland, are substantially elevated compared with background values and, as a consequence, there is a public health risk. This problem is exacerbated by the reluctance of stakeholders, including Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Ltd, operator of Mount Isa Mines (MIM), and Queensland environmental and health authorities to acknowledge and respond effectively to the fact that the main environmental lead source is mining and smelting activity. It is frequently claimed that the lead source is natural surface mineralisation; this is not the case.

Item ID: 15496
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1326-5377
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2011 00:32
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 50%
04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0402 Geochemistry > 040202 Inorganic Geochemistry @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9601 Air Quality > 960105 Mining Air Quality @ 100%
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