Series: Trace Metals and other Contaminants in the Environment

Effective management of contaminants in the environment is a complex and challenging problem with worldwide ramifications. The Trace Metals and Other Contaminants in the Environment series deals with the identification, assessment and management of human and ecological risks associated with natural and human-derived contaminants in the environment. Providing timely coverage of the facts on chemical contaminants and their potential implications for sustainable development, the series offers critical evaluations of the global literature on all aspects of trace metals and other contaminants in the environment, including their natural and anthropogenic sources, their distribution, behaviour and fate in air, soil, and water, and their effects on human and ecosystem health.
Book Series: Lead and Public Health

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Volume 10. Lead and Public Health

Published: 30th August 2011 Author: Paul Mushak
The book presents a detailed assessment of the health science of lead and the human health risk assessment models for lead’s human health impacts, followed by an account of various regulatory efforts in the United States and elsewhere to eliminate or reduce human toxic exposures to lead. The science of lead as presented here covers releases of lead into the environment, lead’s movement through the environment to reach humans who are then exposed, and the spectrum of toxic effects, particularly low-level toxic effects, on the developing central nervous system of the very young child. The section on human health risk assessment deals with quantifying not only the dose-response relationships that underlie toxic responses to lead in sensitive populations but also with the likelihood of toxic responses vis-à-vis environmental lead at some level of exposure. This section includes a treatment of computer models of lead exposure, particularly those that use lead in whole blood as a key measure. Various models convert lead intake via various body compartments into measures of body lead burden. Such measures are then directly related to severity of injury.

The final section of the book deals with past and present regulatory efforts to control lead releases into the human environment. Current control efforts present a mixed picture. The most problematic issue is the continued presence of lead paint in older housing and lead in soils of urban and mining industry communities.

Additional volumes


Volume 9. Arsenic in Soil and Groundwater Environment

Published: 18th May 2007 Editors: Prosun Bhattacharya Arun B. Mukherjee Jochen Bundschuh Ron Zevenhoven Richard Loeppert

Volume 8. Hazardous Substances and Human Health

Published: 19th January 2006 Author: Till M Bachmann

Volume 7. Long-Term Performance of Permeable Reactive Barriers

Published: 27th April 2005 Editors: K.E. Roehl T. Meggyes F.G. Simon D.I. Stewart

Volume 6. Bioindicators and Biomonitors

Published: 30th June 2003 Editors: B.A. Markert A.M. Breure H.G. Zechmeister

Volume 5. Metals, Metalloids and Radionuclides in the Baltic Sea Ecosystem

Published: 30th January 2002 Author: P. Szefer

Volume 4. Trace Elements

Published: 24th August 2000 Editors: B. Markert K. Friese