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Lead "could die" as industrial metal

Lead is becoming a "single-purpose" material, with 70% of it used to manufacture lead-acid batteries, the Bureau of International Recycling's spring convention in Madrid has been told. If someone invents a replacement for these "lead will be dead," Francisco Román of Spanish association Uniplom said. But he suggested there was no immediate risk of such a scenario, despite an "unremitting campaign" against lead due to its health and environmental implications, which meant it now "suffered an image problem". See press release.

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