21 Jun '12, 8pm

Tens of Thousands of Seabirds Saved From Needless Lead Poisoning:

Tens of Thousands of Seabirds Saved From Needless Lead Poisoning:

Following a threat to sue by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to finally clean up the lead paint from a defunct military base on Midway Atoll in the Hawaiian archipelago. The lead paint kills at least 10,000 threatened Laysan albatross chicks every year. Lead on the island also threatens endangered Laysan ducks and highly endangered short-tailed albatross. “Midway Atoll provides unparalleled nesting habitat for albatross, which fly thousands of miles over the Pacific Ocean in search of food and return to the atoll to nest each year. Without this cleanup, their amazing efforts would continue to be wasted as chicks die of lead poisoning,” said Shaye Wolf, a Center biologist. The settlement agreement requires completion of the cleanup in 2017 and allows the Center or third parties potential access to test for contaminants in t...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/tens-of-thousands-of-seabirds...

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