To Establish a Lead Health Screening and Treatment Program in a Community Clinic for the Silver Valley and related areas.
October 2009: SVCRC wishes to extend our thanks to those businesses and organizations that have donated funds and equipment to help us establish a Lead Screening Program. It is the first step in achieving our goal of a thorough treatment program.
Currently, in the State of Idaho, CDC lead testing guidlines are not followed; statistics are worse for children receiving Medicaid.
With the assistance of Dr. John Rosen, New York lead expert, and several regional physicians, blueprint plans are in place for development of a Community Lead Health Project (Clinic). The CLHP (Community Lead Health Project) will provide diagnosis and treatment for those who have been affected by lead and heavy metals.
The agencies, political leaders and special interests still have control over the quality of the Superfund cleanup. Five generations are now living with chronic lead health problems while the State of Idaho looks the other way.
The Silver Valley Community Resource Center has worked for twenty years to overcome the environmental injustice.
We are asking for funding at this time to beging the lead health project. This will address lead health problems for the first time since the highest lead levels ever recorded in children were found at an elementary school situated under the smokestacks at the site.
Please consider contributing to this worthwhile project.
You may also wish to volunteer to help us with our many activities.
National Academy of Sciences Recommendations Reinforce the Need for Community Lead Health clinic, Bunker Hill Superfund Site.
Kellogg, ID -- The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has released the final results of a 2 year investigation of the EPA recommendations for remediation work at the Bunker Hill/CDA Basin Superfund site located in North Idaho, one of the nations oldest and largest Superfund sites. The report concluded that there is a need for a provision of health support services for communities living with human health risks as what exists at Bunker Hill. The Silver Valley Community Resource Center who has been holding EPA accountable for cleanup of the Superfund site since 1986 was satisfied with the NAS findings, "NAS has specifically emphasized health intervention just as affected members of SVCRC and the community at large have been advocating to local, state and ATSDR, Agency for Substance Toxic and Disease Registry health agencies for the past twenty years", according to Jeri McCroskey, SVCRC board member. "Unfortunately, one would have to believe because no actions have ever been taken in this direction by those responsible for the public's health, that these concerns have been deliberately ignored, this is sad".
SVCRC has been taking the health concerns of the Superfund site to the Panhandle Health District and State of Idaho Dept. of Health for years only to have their concerns fall upon deaf ears. In addition the NAS called upon EPA to consider the psychological stress on mental health associated with persons living in or near a Superfund site. Residents over the years have experienced extraordinary psychological pressure for even speaking out in support of the cleanup and lack of lead health education and treatment. In an effort to educate the approximately 400,000 citizens who live in the greater Basin site, SVCRC recently affiliated with Clear Corps USA a national lead awareness group who does lead education and outreach.
The NAS was called in by the Idaho Congressional delegation at the request of the mining and tourism interests making up the Shoshone Natural Resource Coalition, science committee. The SNRC is a group of self-proclaimed scientists living in Wallace, Kellogg and Coeur d'Alene. The request began as a strategy to stop the cleanup overall when EPA announced in 2000 that they would be adding 1500 more square miles onto the original 21 sq. mile Superfund site that was designated in 1983.
The NAS Overview of Conclusions and Recommendations found that the "scientific and technical practices used by EPA for decision making regarding human health risks at the Bunker Hill Superfund site were generally sound". The report emphasized that all children in the Basin between the ages of 1 and 4 are to be tested for lead and exposure to other mine waste including arsenic and zinc in determining health impacts.
Cass Davis who as a child like many others who grew up in the Silver Valley and was exposed to mining wastes containing heavy metal toxins knows that individuals are products of their environments. Cass also has confirmed health problems and learning disabilities. "For me or anyone to prove these problems are due to my childhood exposure would cost a substantial amount of money which I do not have nor do I have a job that would ever guarantee me a "substantial" amount of money. It actually surprises me that industry with its control over media and politicians was unable to buy off or otherwise affect the NAS's findings".
Silver Valley Community Resource Center plans to move forward to find the necessary funding for medical services to address illnesses caused by the pollution and to establish the Community Lead Health clinic in which a blueprint has been carefully designed with the expertise of some of the nations best lead experts including Dr. John Rosen, Colonna, Ph.D., universities as well as other environmental justice groups and medical experts in the area.
For those wishing to contribute to the clinic they can contact the SVCRC office at 208-784-8891 or mail to CLHC at P.O. Box 362, Kellogg, ID 83837 or contact their website at www.silvervalleyaction.com/.