The leaching of lead into the environment is often hidden. Consider these facts:
Lead from many sources enters air, soils, and water and remains indefinitely as dust. Lead in fuels contributes to air pollution, especially in urban areas. Soils near highways, freeways, and smelting facilities have higher levels of lead than soils in other areas because of their exposure to lead dust, which accumulates over time. Plants exposed to lead can absorb the metal dust through their leaves. Plants can also take up minimal amounts of lead from the soil.
Lead enters the environment from
• Lead in fuels
• Mining practices
• Steel industry
• Crop enhancers
• Improperly disposed of batteries, old machinery, old lead containing paint
• Garden hoses, Christmas lights and many other products.
The most significant hazard to wildlife is through direct ingestion of spent lead shot and bullets, lost fishing sinkers, tackle and related fragments, or through consumption of wounded or dead prey containing lead shot, bullets or fragments.
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