"We need immediate government action on this problem for the sake of all the people who live and work in Joplin," said, Christopher Gavigan, executive director of Healthy Child Healthy World.
The health report notes the long history of lead mining and smelting and other industrial activity in the area, and its legacy of soil and water pollution. Lead causes a wide range of birth defects, as do other contaminants from lead smelting.
"We feel that the citizens of Joplin deserve a comprehensive study to identify the causes of these serious health problems and once determined, an explanation of how they will be corrected," said Teresa Buckmaster, USW Local 812 president. "What's at stake here is the most precious thing we have, the future of our families."
Buckmaster said members of her local union are concerned about community health problems and fighting efforts by management at EaglePicher to cut back family health care benefits for employees at this producer of batteries and energetic devises for the defense, space and commercial industries. She said, "This report shows why union members and all Joplin residents should be very concerned about public health and access to health care."
For more information contact:
Diane Heminway, USW, 585-703-6375
Teresa Buckmaster, USW Local 812 President, 417-499-8220
Howard Scott, USW, 412-580-6980
|SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)|
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