Solar power increasing lead poisoning

Joel Gehrke
Washington Examiner
9/1/2011

Solar power plants stand as major culprits in lead emissions and lead poisoning in India and China, according to a study conducted by a University of Tennessee-Knoxville professor Chris Cherry. Solar plants make significant use of lead batteries.

The study announcement declared that up to 2.4 million tons of lead emissions could result from the use of these unsafe batteries:

Lead poisoning causes numerous adverse health effects, including damage to the central nervous system, the kidneys, the cardiovascular system, and the reproductive system. In children, blood lead concentration is associated with learning impairments, as well as hyperactive and violent behavior.

His study, co-authored with Perry Gottesfeld of Occupational Knowledge International (OK International), appears in the September issue of the journal Energy Policy…

…Three U.S. solar power companies have declared bankruptcy this year, which makes China the dominant nation in the solar power industry.

One of those companies, Solyndra LLC, received a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government. President Obama called the company a “true engine of economic growth” during a visit to the plant last year.

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