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Lead is a metallic element with atomic number 82. It is a dense, soft, malleable, ductile metal. Known for several thousand years, it has been widely used through history for example in plumbing by the Romans and many other societies since. Compounds are poisonous on ingestion.

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Does lead used in electronics leach into the environment via landfill at detrimental levels?

Despite being one of the earliest metals exploited by man, lead is an environmental poison. If it gets into the body it causes a variety of acute and chronic symptoms and even low levels are thought ...