I read with interest and sympathy for all involved in the litigation that requires owners of land in this area to address cleanup of lead in the environment. While this may seem burdensome (and may be for some residents), the hazards of unabated lead sites such as Shore Rivers are much more dangerous than the article states. The residues of lead associated from shooting ranges and other activities are not insignificant and the hazards are not limited to human exposures. More importantly for sportsmen and women, lead harms the very reason why this site is so precious to its owners: lead in water and soil can poison birds and other species. Poisoned animals lose their own health and become literally “sitting ducks” for hunters. For this reason, the state of California banned the use of lead containing sinkers or bullets; in England, where I was part of a group consulted by the Queen’s household, we diagnosed that the deaths of the Royal Swans was due to the birds swallowing lead shot to aid digestion in their gizzards. For this reason – to protect the sport as well as human health, I urge the citizens to support this litigation and address the lead residues for their own interest.
They may wish to consult an environmental management group, such as the programs at Johns Hopkins University.
ELLEN K. SILBERGELD, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
Bloomberg School of Public Health