Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. Our show is special because we make it our priority to go where the silence is. We put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power and lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. If everyone who visited our website in the next week donated just $15, we would cover all of our operating costs for the year. We can't do it without you. Please donate today. It takes just a couple of minutes to do your part to make sure Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else.

Your Donation: $
Tuesday, January 16, 2001 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | PREVIOUS: Norton Nomination Meets Opposition
2001-01-16

The Lead Industry, Its Trail of Poison and Its Ties to Gale Norton

download:   Get CD/DVD More Formats
This is viewer supported news

NL Industries, the firm for which Norton lobbied, is being sued by numerous states, cities and individuals to recovermulti-million dollars damages for adverse effects on children’s health and property values.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every 20 children in the United States sufferssubclinical lead poisoning. Most of victims are children of color, many living in substandard housing owned bylandlords who have evaded or ignored laws, often written with the help of the lead industry.

In their article "Cater to the Children" in the "American Journal of Public Health" Gerald Markowitz and David Rosnerdetail the history of the lead industry and conclude that "...the lead industry actually misled the public healthcommunity, assuring it that lead paint was not being used on toy, interior surfaces, or cribs. The industry alsoconsciously used children in its advertising and promotion campaigns in ways that aggravated the public healthcrisis."

It was that same industry that Norton represented as a lobbyist.

Guests:

  • Jerry Markowitz, professor at John Jay College and Graduate Center of City University of New York andauthor and editor of numerous papers on occupational illness.
  • Dr. John Rosen, Professor of Pediatrics and Head of Lead Program at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore.Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
  • Matthew Chachere, attorney, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp.
  • Cordell Cleare, Co-chair, New York Coalition to End Lead Poisoning.

Related link:


Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

This is viewer supported news