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April 05, 2019

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azure
April 06, 2019

Small fixed wing aircraft using “avgas” (leaded fuel) is the major source of airborne pollution in the US at present, so says the FAA. The agency that refuses to ground all those small planes (very little use of avgas in the EU) but continues to claim that an unleaded fuel that will work in those planes will be developed/introduced, any year now. Been saying that for years.

That’s another source of lead and something to think about given how many small/no commercial flights airports are subsidized by federal, state & local grants & taxes. All so private pilots can fly their leaded fuel planes.

Erick Lopez
April 05, 2019

Hi Julie,
Thank you for that great article! I didn’t know about the limits on lead in lipstick and hair dye.

I just wanted to mention one thing. Unfortunately, home lead kits have been found to be unreliable. https://www.cpsc.gov/content/cpsc-staff-study-home-lead-test-kits-unreliable

Kind regards,

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