Brass on green lead

Larisa Brass: Battery-powered energy creates health risks overseas

The global proliferation of green technologies, including electric bicycles and solar panels, has been touted as good environmental news, but it also has some nasty side-effects.

Lead batteries create potentially serious disposal hazards, particularly in developing Asian countries, according to University of Tennessee engineering professor Chris Cherry.

Cherry’s recent study of lead issues related to the solar industry, co-authored by Perry Gottesfeld of Occupational Knowledge International in San Francisco, appeared in the September issue of the journal Energy Policy.

‘Nobody’s talking about the lead pollution problems that occur and the public health problems that occur from lead pollution,’ says Cherry, whose research examined potential lead pollution in China and India. ‘Their take-back systems and recycling systems are not up to Western standards, so to speak. That’s what got me interested in lead emissions.’ (Knoxville News Sentinel)

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