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Johns Hopkins Raps AP Story on Lead Experiment

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(Associated Press) - For about 20 years, Dr. Michael Klag has used a fertilizer made from Milwaukee municipal sludge on azaleas and yew shrubs at his suburban Baltimore home. And Klag, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, says he's never had any question about its safety.

But in the past few weeks, he has found himself reassuring the public about a similar product .... Johns Hopkins researchers spread it on nine yards in poor black Baltimore neighborhoods in an experiment eight years ago.

That's become a cause for outrage among some politicians and others who have called for an investigation. The trigger was an Associated Press story in April that raised questions about the Baltimore experiment and whether there has been adequate testing to determine if sludge is safe.

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