Our National Lead Problem Is Bigger Than Flint | On Point

February 18, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Flint, Michigan is in the news for lead in the water. But there’s lead – and higher levels – all over this country. We’ll dig in.

The Flint Water Plant tower is seen, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 in Flint, Mich. Flint is under a public health emergency after its drinking water became tainted when the city switched from the Detroit system and began drawing from the Flint River in April 2014 to save money. The city was under state management at the time. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The lead in the water in Flint, Michigan is appalling, frightening. The whole country’s finally focused on it. But the fact is, there are serious lead threats, problems, all over this country. And no small number – maybe in your community – are worse than Flint’s. Lead can cut IQ, retard development, breed behavioral problems, even crime. And very often, we just let it flow. This hour On Point, the map of America by lead problems, way beyond Flint. And what to do about it.

— Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Steve Carmody, Mid-Michigan reporter for Michigan Radio. (@scarmody)

Dr. Maitreyi Mazumdar, neurology specialist at the Boston Children’s Hospital. Assitant professor of neurology and environmental health at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Gerald Markowitz, public health historian. Professor of history at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Co-author, with David Rosner, of “Lead Wars” and “Deceit and Denial.”

Erik Olson, director of the health and environmental program at the National Resources Defense Council, where he is also the senior strategic director of the food and agriculture program.

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