Getting the lead out
"We are still sending out a half-dozen videos a day in response to requests," says council director Mark Solomon. Not every response has been flattering, however. The Spokesman-Review in Spokane accused environmentalists of encouraging "lead scare" and "divisiveness." The editorial also criticized the Washington State Department of Ecology for funding the $38,500 video campaign. Solomon says that no general tax money was used; the money came from surcharges paid to the state by companies that use hazardous substances. On a more laudatory note, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer likened the council's effort to a successful regional effort in 1992 to clean Chesapeake Bay: "That seems a far more promising approach than letting Idaho go it alone." For a copy of the video, write the Inland Empire Public Lands Council at P.O. Box 2174, Spokane, WA 99210; or call 509/838-4912; or e-mail at IEPLC@IEPLC.desktop.org.