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Posts published in “Year: 1998

The unforgettable smell of lead carbonates and fish

Column by Hal Walter

Environment – December 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine

IF THERE’S ANYTHING I learned from my stint in Leadville as editor of the weekly newspaper there in 1989, it’s the smell of lead carbonates and the smell of something fishy. Now I live in Custer County, where public officials have told us that lead concentrations ranging from 3,000 to 4,000 parts per million on public roads are no big deal. The stench is strangely familiar.