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Old 02-06-2013, 05:58 PM   #21
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Despite the WHO's number about lead poisioning deaths, I'm sure there are a great many time more than that who are completely unaware there lead levels are significantly elevated. They will have children born with birth defects, as well as suffer neurological damage. Personally I would be cautious about using and brass or chromeplated brass for anything that will have food contact. The good news is you CAN buy lead free brass, and chrome.

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Old 02-06-2013, 06:38 PM   #22
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Ironically, there's still lead in "lead-free" brass. From wikipedia: "On January 1, 2010, the maximum amount of lead in "lead-free brass" in California was reduced from 4% to 0.25% lead."

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It's funny they are worried about small brass parts containing a miniscule amount of lead, even when there are still plenty of building and houses with solid lead pipes.

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Not to worry, since you live in CO, and its only a known carcinogen in CA.

Unless I am mistaken, WHO statistics refer to lead poisoning from lead ingested from all sources.

Statisticly, most lead poisoning occurs through lead ingested via airborne sources like lead based paint dust.

Still worried about beer dispensed from your Perlick faucets?

Pitch the first couple of ounces of beer you dispense before filling your glass.

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EPA has been increasing their programs to combat lead poisoning and they're getting into everything. As of last year I am a lead based paint certified firm as well as a lead inspector and risk assessor. Since I deal with historic architecture it was worth the training. EPA has a mandate that requires pre-1960 housing be inspected prior to federal funding. Look up the symptoms to lead poisoning, sounds like today at work doesn't it?

Home depot sells check kits, I'd recommend it if your house is pre 1960. I'll be happy to tell you where to look for common hot spots.

We will start to see stickers and signs everywhere! it will be good to for people to become aware of how toxic an environment can be.

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I always got a chuckle out of those stickers when we lived in CA. I tended to interpret them more along the lines of, "Well the State of California knows this, but the rest of the people are just clueless and don't know this" (spoken in a smug manner)

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It never ends...

The other day I purchased this pump with the idea of building a keg washer...

You guessed it, the exact same CA message was printed on the box.

And this was for a pump that was originally used in drinking water coolers!

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The simple solution is to buy the stainless steel Perlicks.

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The simple solution is to buy the stainless steel Perlicks.
No Cali-lead-Cops are going to get me for Lead Abuse... I have two Stainless Perlicks en-route to me right now! Should be here tomorrow!
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The simple solution is to buy the stainless steel Perlicks.
...Assuming there is actually a problem...
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