“More lead goes into the air here at Boeing Field than anywhere else in Washington state,” says KUOW’s John Ryan reporting from Ruby Chow Park under the flight path of Seattle’s Boeing Field (BFI).
In his story on KUOW titled, “Flying The Leaded Skies: Small Planes Still Pour Lead Into America’s Air,” Ryan takes us on a journey regarding leaded fuel.
Ryan continues, “Avgas account for less than 1 percent of the nation’s liquid fuel use. Yet…belch out half of all the lead going into the nation’s air.”
The report continues at Van Asselt Elementary, just one-quarter mile from Boeing Field. Marie Lynn Miranda is an environmental health scientist and a dean at the University of Michigan. Based on research Dean Miranda has conducted in North Carolina, she’s found, “Living close to an airport can increase your blood lead level anywhere from 2 to 4 percent. That’s small. But we’re getting more and more evidence that indicates even very small amounts of lead is bad.”
In the eight-minute, forty-two-second story, this next sentence seems almost a throw-away… “Miranda says lead from crumbling paint in old buildings remains a much bigger threat to children’s health.” That sentence can be read about a 1/3 of the way into the story, yet that’s the only mention of the “much bigger threat”.
So here is what I don’t understand. Why didn’t reporter Ryan stop the reporting and attempt to tackle the “much bigger threat”? I’ve placed a call into John Ryan to get that answer.
I’ve also emailed Dean Miranda seeking clarification on how much bigger a threat is “crumbling paint” in “old buildings.”
When I find out, I’ll let you know. If anyone out there has connections to either, I’d appreciate your passing my queries along.
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