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What can other communities in proximity to smelting and mining industries learn from Trail’s experience?

Communities that live in close proximity to active lead smelting and mining facilities share unique challenges when working toward the goal of thriving families, environment and economy. There is often a diverse network of local and regional stakeholders working to ensure economic prosperity along with the health of the environment and people. Acknowledging that no single group or organization can address the complex situation on their own, they may come together to collaboratively reduce exposure to smelter and mining specific emissions such as lead (Pb) and sulphur dioxide (SO²), in addition to providing community-based education and programs to reduce children’s blood lead levels, and ultimately improve peoples’ health. Two such communities include Port Pirie, Australia, and Trail. It’s under the shared purpose to support their communities to live, work and play in an area influenced by smelter and mining air emissions that several international locations have been sharing their work in hopes of learning from one another’s experience. For more than thirty years, these two communities have been exchanging knowledge and ideas with the ultimate goal of reducing children’s blood lead levels in their communities.

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