U.S. Army mobilizes against lead hazards at bases around globe


FORT BENNING, Georgia (Reuters) – Inside the gates of the U.S. Army’s Fort Benning, the din of power tools blared this week. Maintenance workers wearing respirators were busy removing old and potentially toxic paint from homes. Plastic tarps surrounded cordoned-off housing, with signs reading, “CAUTION POISON” and “LEAD HAZARD AREA.”

The activity is part of a larger effort, on Army posts around the world, to respond to residents’ lead poisoning concerns after a Reuters report last month uncovered lead hazards lurking on U.S. bases.

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