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Blacksmith Institute Newsletter: April 2009

Monthly Updates About Blacksmith’s Global Pollution Remediation Work

The Blacksmith Institute is currently engaged in over 40 projects in 14 countries.
Since 1999, Blacksmith has successfully completed over 50 projects.

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Blacksmith Launches Global Inventory Project

Blacksmith is leading an international partnership to build the world’s first
comprehensive database of polluted places. Investigative teams have begun to
fan out across more than 80 countries to collect data that will help prioritize cleanup and save millions of lives. Richard Fuller, president of Blacksmith, calls the inventory “the world’s answer to the U.S. Superfund initiative.” The project is part of a larger Blacksmith effort to establish the $500 million Health and Pollution Fund (www.HPFund.org) to eradicate legacy pollution in the developing world.

With a budget of over $1 million, the Global Inventory Project is a joint effort between Blacksmith, The European Commission, The United Nations Industrial Development Organization and Green Cross Switzerland.

Lead Poisoning and Car Batteries: A Deadly Problem

As the leading organization working on the cleanup of lead pollution from car
batteries, Blacksmith is bringing a new, urgent focus to this deadly, yet largely unnoticed problem, which poisons over 12 million people worldwide.

Last year, Blacksmith was called in to conduct cleanup in Thiaroye-Sur-Mer,
Senegal, after 18 children died from lead poisoning. Like almost every city in the developing world, Thiaroye-Sur-Mer has a thriving informal lead recycling market, where car batteries are broken by hand and smelted down in kitchens and backyards. Current lead cleanup projects are ongoing in Senegal, Kenya, Ghana, the Dominican Republic, and the Philippines.

In Senegal, Blacksmith is planning to establish satellite collection centers to recover car batteries and send them to proper recycling facilities. Blacksmith partners for this project include the Common Fund for Commodities, the International Lead Management Center, the International Lead and Zinc Study Group and the Basel Secretariat.

Philippines:

New Manager for the Meycauayan-Marilao-Obando River System

Rehabilitation Project

Jennifer Marie Sunga-Amparo is the new program manager for Blacksmith’s
project to clean this contaminated river system. She takes over form Marlo
Mendoza, who is moving to the Philippines Department of Environment and
Natural Resources, where he will continue to work with Blacksmith.

Among her first duties, Ms. Sunga-Amparo conducted a health assessment of
the population living near the river. She also tested a new technology to bind
and extract toxic heavy metals dumped into the water from factories and
tanneries nearby. Ms. Sunga-Amparo brings considerable experience in the field
as an instructor, coordinator and leader of various environment and social
development projects. She holds a B.S. in Human Ecology (cum laude) from the
University of the Philippines, Los Banos, and is currently finishing her thesis for an M.A. in Sociology at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

In the News:

Blacksmith’s Executive Director Meredith Block was recently interviewed by the BBC about global water pollution. She talked about treating polluted groundwater in India using an innovative "electron donor.” Read “Where clean water is a pipedream” at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7873516.stm.

Blacksmith’s President Richard Fuller traveled to Japan to raise awareness about global pollution. He brought his message to "The Most Useful School in the World,” one of the most popular TV programs in Japan.

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