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    Mar 14, 2016, 07:12 AM
    Has lead really been banned?
    I've heard that lead (pronounced like lede) has been banned, but I think it's still out there. Has it really been banned.
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    Mar 14, 2016, 08:51 AM
    In the US, lead is banned in many products and applications, but not all. This is a good topic to read about in wikipedia so that we don't have to write a whole article for you.
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    Mar 14, 2016, 12:15 PM
    If they ban it you won't start your car since all batteries have lead. Tire weights have lead. Fishing weights, readily available ,contain lead. Bridge paint and similar use items can contain lead. It is banned in most paints and finishes that might be used in residential applications.
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    Mar 14, 2016, 04:05 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by ma0641 View Post
    If they ban it you won't start your car since all batteries have lead. Tire weights have lead. Fishing weights, readily available ,contain lead. Bridge paint and similar use items can contain lead. It is banned in most paints and finishes that might be used in residential applications.
    Banned substance in bottom coat paints for sailing vessels.
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    Mar 15, 2016, 05:54 AM
    Lead is banned in many parts of the world for certain applications. In the US the use of lead has been banned from paint and as an additive in gasoline for over 30 years. In the European Union it has been illegal to use tin-lead solder in most electronics since 2007, where most products must conform with directives called RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) and REACH (Registration, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals). China has a similar program to RoHS, at least in theory - but China being the way it is, let's just say it's selectively enforced. So now most electronics products manufactured anywhere in the world are made without tin-lead solder. There are exceptions that do allow certain uses of lead, such as in batteries, but anyone marketing such products must establish or help pay for a recycling program to keep these materials out of land fills.

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