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Old August 27th, 2009, 07:18 AM   #1
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Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin rulemaking that will ban lead wheel balancing weights. The decision reverses a 2005 decision by the agency, following a petition from environmental and public health organizations to ban the weights.
Lead in wheel weights represents one of the largest unregulated uses of lead in consumer products today, according to the Ecology Center, one of the groups named in the petition. Jeff Gearhart, research director for the Center, said that 1.6 million pounds of lead from wheel weights falls off vehicles every year. “Banning lead wheel weights will greatly protect kids from lead poisoning,” he said.
“Cars and trucks grind the wheel weights into a powder that spread into the neighbourhoods along our busy streets, especially the city streets where traffic is heaviest and the stops, starts and bumps are more common,” said Tom Neltner, co-chair of the Sierra Club’s National Toxic Team. “EPA’s action makes it clear that the agency recognizes that once released into our neighbourhoods, lead is tough to clean up. Pollution prevention is the best way to protect our health and our environment.”
The national action follows several enacted by individual states. Washington passed a ban in 2009, which will go into effect in 2011; Maine based a ban that will go into effect in 2010. California and Iowa are currently considering similar bans, while Vermont has banned the weights on all state-owned vehicles by 2010, and for all new vehicles by 2011.
I think we would be far better served to teach children not to pick stuff up off the road and eat it.
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here..... don't eat shit off the street, don't eat lead or lick paint. now go play.


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Old August 27th, 2009, 07:31 AM   #3
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How about not making toys in china! I swear, peoples minds are somewhere else these days.
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HAHAHAHAHA aint that the truth. F'in eco terrorists.
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yup. with all our problems we are doing stupid shit like this. Major fail.
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Ummm...... random thought here. If you're car is grinding the lead weights off of the outer lip of your wheels..... then you've got bigger problems than lead poisoning.
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Yea, there is no way any of that lead could leach into the water table.

Just pointing out the obvious.

Of course, this lead has been getting into the ecosystem my whole life and has not effected me at all......well, except where the ladies like it. More lead in the pencil.
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you can't fix a dumb population by making even dumber laws
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What’s the alternative? And will you be able to get enough of them on a rim to balance a big superswamper?
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Its pretty badass actually. WAYYYYYY better and easier to use than hammer on weights.

http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3.../Wheel_Weight/

I ordered the system for where I work. To go with the new Hunter Balancer.

Most dealers have been using it for a couple of years now.
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Its pretty badass actually. WAYYYYYY better and easier to use than hammer on weights.

http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3.../Wheel_Weight/

I ordered the system for where I work. To go with the new Hunter Balancer.

Most dealers have been using it for a couple of years now.
But is there anything for the person that wants to balance their own at home?
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Yea, there is no way any of that lead could leach into the water table.

Just pointing out the obvious.

Of course, this lead has been getting into the ecosystem my whole life and has not effected me at all......well, except where the ladies like it. More lead in the pencil.
Oh......ow......oh.......ow.............am I agreeing with PeteC on something.

There were studies done throughout the 90's of Storm water run off along the US Highways. Lead was the most prevalent in the samples taken from diverted water that would normally go to the streams and ditches. Mill Creek in Grand Rapids is one of the these streams that has a real high lead content.

Will this amount of lead hurt us, or the environment? I don't know but someone thinks so.

Oh and Pete, maybe Lead did effect you..............you are actually a Conservative Christian, but the lead has you thinking like a liberal Agnostic. Sorry, couldn't help it.
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about f'ing time.

I'm no duck hunter, but didn't lead shot get banned for water foul hunting? Makes me wonder when they are going to ban lead fishing weights. There has to be a shit ton of it in Lake St. Clair.
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I believe most of you big bird states have already banned lead for regular hunting!
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Yea, there is no way any of that lead could leach into the water table.

Just pointing out the obvious.

Of course, this lead has been getting into the ecosystem my whole life and has not effected me at all......well, except where the ladies like it. More lead in the pencil.
But lead is a naturally occuring substance, it is mined from the ground. In Bonne Terre MO. there is a lead mine that filled with water and you scuba dive in it, and I believe that it is part of the municipal water system???
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