On December 19, 2016, the Reuters news service reported that thousands of U.S. locales where lead poisoned worse than in Flint, MI. The report goes on to say that “A Reuters examination of lead testing results across the country found almost 3,000 areas with poisoning rates far higher than in the tainted Michigan city.”
The poisoned places on a map produced by Reuters stretch from areas in Pennsylvania to a zip code in Texas. Like Flint, many of these localities are plagued by legacy lead: crumbling paint, plumbing, or industrial waste left behind. Unlike Flint, many have received little attention or funding to combat childhood lead poisoning.
The Reuters investigative report underscores the message that parents living in homes or apartments built before 1978 no matter where they are located, should have their children tested, engage the services of a certified lead inspector to examine areas of the house or apartment, and take appropriate clean-up and remediation actions if necessary.