Category Archives: Heavy Metals in the News


Scientists from EPFL (A research institute & university in Switzerland) along with colleagues at UC-Berkeley & Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a way to remove toxic heavy metals from water in a matter of seconds, making it drinkable. The solution uses metal organic frameworks (MOFs), which are materials made up of metal nodes [...]

Toxic Heavy Metals Found in E-Cigarette Aerosols

Researchers have discovered an alarming amount of toxic heavy metals in e-cigarette aerosols. The aerosol which a smoker inhales is created from an e-liquid which is heated by a metallic coil in the smoking device.  56 of these devices were analyzed and many had toxic levels of chromium, nickel, and lead.  Heavy metals manganese [...]


Usually, to extract gold from ores, you must boil the ores in liquid mercury until only the gold remains.  This is a dangerous process since mercury is one of the most toxic of all heavy metals.  It’s also an environmental concern, due to the eventual disposal of the leftover mercury.  Enter a microscopic, soil-living bacterium [...]

Massive Amounts of Mercury Found in Thawing Alaskan Permafrost

Scientists estimate that more than 15 million gallons of mercury are contained in the frozen permafrost regions of Alaska.  When including the non-frozen soils of these regions, the amount more than doubles making it the largest concentration of natural mercury on Earth!  Increasing temperatures have the potential to thaw permafrost in the northern hemisphere, which [...]


Here’s an interesting article for all you parents who may like to share your own childhood toys from yesteryear with your little ones today.  I’m guilty myself!  (Hello Secret Wars-era Alien Symbiote Spider-Man!)  It seems scientists in England found traces of hazardous elements in some of the toys produced in the 1970’s & 1980’s. 10% [...]

New Recyling Restrictions in China Include Toxic Heavy Metals

Last July, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection notified the World Trade Organization of upcoming restrictions on recyclable material being imported.  As of January 1st, 2018, China (the largest importer of U.S. recyclables) began banning 24 categories of foreign waste and is no longer accepting recovered mixed paper – as well as recycled PET, PE, PVC [...]


On May 18th, 2017 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration administered a Class I recall of lead testing systems used on millions of children since the year 2014.  This is the most serious type of recall given by the FDA.  A recent article in the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that it is now eight months [...]

Happily Leaded After…

According to a recent lawsuit filed against Disneyland multiple attractions at the amusement park contain high levels of lead.  The Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation claims that the tests they have conducted found nearly twenty times the legal limit in some rides. One sample taken from the stained-glass Pinocchio window at the Village Haus restaurant contained [...]

Lead in the Local News

As a mother, I am always conscious of the health of my children.  Two news articles in the Miami Herald caught my attention and deserve comment.  The first concerns children’s toys. The Consumer Product Safety Commission just lowered the amount of lead that is allowed in toys and other children’s product sold in the U.S.  [...]

Why the drop in crime?

Lead is in the news on a regular basis.  After all, it is listed as the second most dangerous substance (after arsenic) on the government’s list.  And it’s been around forever.  Lead occurs naturally in small quantities in the earth’s crust, and it has been mined, smelted and used in the manufacture of products for [...]