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Jakarta Post

Children exposed to lead poisoning in Greater Jakarta

  • Hans David Tampubolon

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 28 2011   /  11:32 am

Research conducted in several areas in Greater Jakarta showed that a large number of children suffered from severe lead poisoning.The survey conducted by the Committee for the Phaseout of Leaded Gasoline (KPBB) and the New York-based Blacksmith Institute checked the level of lead in the blood of 400 children who lived in areas with high levels of exposure to lead, including 71 spots used as dump sites for used batteries and lead smelters.“All the children living in areas for dumping used batteries had a blood lead level [BLL] way above World Health Organization [WHO] standards, which is 10 micrograms per deciliter of blood,” KPBB coordinator Ahmad Safrudin said Thursday.The study said that in Cinangka village in Bogor, children living in the vicinity of a battery recycling plant had an average BLL of 32.62 micrograms per deciliter.A 7-year-old girl in Cinangka was found with a BLL of...