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Elevated lead levels found in Taranto residents' urine


(ANSA) - Taranto, July 24 - Researchers have found elevated
levels of lead in the urine of residents living in one of
southern Italy's most important industrial cities, Taranto, a
spokesperson for a coalition of environmental groups announced
Tuesday, citing work presented at a scientific conference in
Oxford, England.
Italian and America researchers found an average of 10.8
micrograms of lead per liter of urine from 141 subjects tested -
67 men and 74 women.
A level considered "normal" for a population not exposed to
lead in the workplace is from 0.5 to 3.5 micrograms per liter,
according to Italian specialists.
The study also found elevated values for chrome in the
subjects tested.
Taranto's heavy industry has been under fire for severe
damage to the environment recent. Among other industrial
interests, Taranto has one of Italy's most important steel
manufacturing plants and a major oil refinery.
"It is the first time that these data have been made
available in the Italian language," wrote Alessandro Marescotti,
the president of Peacelink Taranto, who was appointed by a
coalition of environmental groups called Altamarea to present
the study.

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