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  •  I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska (5+ / 0-)

    National Lead had a smelter right downtown for decades. When the EPA got around to testing, they declared all of downtown Omaha, several square miles, a Superfund site from high lead levels, including my high school.

    I'd think you'd see a crime spike in Omaha, but I don't recollect any statistics, just the lynch mobs in the early 20th century, the violent railroad strikes, the milk strike in the 30s, the race riots ...

    •  seems Omaha doubled violent crimes around '67... (2+ / 0-)
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      TomP, Cassandra Waites

      ...and the number of violent crimes in Omaha has risen steadily since then - it seems to now be about 7 times higher than '67.

      Relevant stats hereand here...


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        I saw that.  The Omaha crime rate is also much higher than in Lincoln, Nebraska, 50 miles down the road, which didn't have a large smelter downtown.

        Twenty-seven square miles of Omaha were heavily tainted, including 15,000 residences and the largely black area of north Omaha.

        I'm curious now about the tri-state area of Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, where there has been 100 years of lead mining and there are still a couple of smelters operating.  There is a foundry in Alabama that still spews lead, violating the air standards, too.

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