Lead Ballast Alternative
Lead Ballast Drawbacks
Lead, Concrete and Water are ballasts commonly used in the marine industry; each has serious drawbacks which have been well documented.
LEAD: Exposure Hazards
"In the 'good old days,'...little thought was given to the toxic nature of many of the materials used to keep (these) vessels operational. Today many of these materials fall under national regulation designed to protect the health of workers. One of the most heavily regulated materials is lead...Lead ballast is still used on some naval vessels and lead based paints were preferred for marine use for many years."