Apparently Disney doesn’t greenwash hard enough.
From the Los Angeles Times:
Dozens of leaded-glass windows and brass rail chains, door knobs and drinking water fountains at some of Disneyland’s most popular attractions expose children to high levels of lead, according to an environmental group seeking a court injunction Tuesday to require the amusement park to cover the items or post health warnings.
The Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court in April against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Inc., alleging excessive levels of lead in such commonly touched objects as the Sword in Stone attraction, where Disneyland photographers encourage children to pose while pulling on the sword handle. Other objects include brass door knobs at Minnie’s House and stained-glass windows in a door at the entrance to a beauty salon in Cinderella’s Castle…
The tests found hand lead exposures at the Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan Ride and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride of 1 microgram, 9.75 micrograms and 5.82 micrograms respectively, Mateel said.
A wipe sample taken from a stained-glass Pinocchio window in the dining area of Village Haus restaurant found a lead exposure of 350 micrograms, Mateel said.
Under state law, warnings are required if exposure for average users exceeds 0.5 micrograms per day…
Though we hold our nose while defending Disney (at least while its under the leadership of the greenwashing CEO Bob Iger), suffice it to say that no child can be “lead poisoned” or anything approaching that from the sorts of exposures mentioned in the article. Lead poisoned children have ingested a lot of lead from, say, swallowing a trinket made of lead or eating a lot of lead paint chips. Mere exposure does not equate to toxicity.