Group Targets Disney’s Theme Parks for Potential Lead Poisoning

I’m not going to pretend to know much about California or Florida consumer safety laws, especially when it comes to safe lead levels in paint and other materials. However, the group known as the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation claims they do know and that Disney’s parks are endangering children with risky levels of lead exposure. That’s according to stories in the LA Times and Orlando Sentinel.

This story has me a bit vexed. I don’t think the courts are the right place to work out this issue. Instead experts from the state should perform an inspection and then work with Disney to remedy any potentially dangerous situation. Alas, in today’s world, government is not always willing or able to perform that function. So it can fall to 3rd party watchdog groups to make sure code is being enforced.

The group claims to be filing the lawsuit as only a last step after notifying both Disney and the government. However, Disney disputes that the levels exceed dangerous levels. Thus we head to court.