5 common lead poisoning myths explained: Toxic Neglect

October 19, 2015 |

CLEVELAND, Ohio– To many people, lead poisoning evokes a very particular picture.

It’s the 1950s or ’60s — the image is in stark black and white. A toddler is sitting on the floor in a squalid apartment or ramshackle house, and paint is peeling off the walls in long strips. The baby, equally dirty and neglected, is pulling paint chips off the wall and eating them, a dazed expression on […]

Flint City Council OKs $2 million for reconnection to Detroit water

October 13, 2015 | MLive

FLINT, MI — The City Council has approved spending $2 million to pay part of the bill for buying Lake Huron water from the Detroit water system for the next nine months.

Council voted unanimously Monday, Oct. 12, to make the move, clearing the way for Flint’s Receivership Transition Advisory Board to consider the same move when it meets Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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Angie’s List Teams with EPA to Raise Awareness of Lead Paint Danger

October 12, 2015 | Business Wire

INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Angie’s List is marking National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week by joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Look for the Logo” campaign.

“Awareness is the key to eradicating lead poisoning,” says Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “The more homeowners know, the more likely they are to demand and be willing to pay what it takes to remodel and repair without endangering their children.”

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Our Editorial: Detroit’s blight progress

October 12, 2015 | The Detroit News

Nearly 6,000 blighted structures in Detroit have been demolished since January 2014, and those demolitions have increased the value of surrounding homes, according to a recent report on the efforts.

Other measures to improve quality of life and value of property in the city — code enforcement, sales of public side lots, even the installation of new street lights — have also helped pushed home values higher.

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Flint water cleanup just a drop in efforts to battle lead poisoning

October 9, 2015 | Modern Healthcare

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday proposed a $12 million plan to reconnect the city of Flint to the Detroit water system in order to receive Lake Huron water. But advocates say it’s not enough.

Snyder’s proposal, which is expected to be approved by the Legislature, comes after testing found water at Flint schools had lead levels above federal safety standards.

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Flint water crisis: An obscene failure of government

October 8, 2015 | Detroit Free Press

There’s good news: The City of Flint could soon reconnect to the Detroit Water and Sewer Department, a water source that doesn’t leach lead from aging pipes into the municipal water supply.

And there’s bad news: Three Flint elementary schools have water with lead levels more than 15 parts per billion, which is the limit according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.

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Gov. Snyder names task force to review actions in Flint water crisis

October 7, 2015 | MLive

FLINT, MI — Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed a task force to review “actions regarding water use and testing in Flint” and to make recommendations for future guidelines.

The governor announced creation of the task force in a news release Wednesday, Oct. 21, the same day U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint, and state Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint, called for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to carry out a similar review. […]

Price of Detroit water for Flint is $1.5 million a month, mayor says

October 6, 2015 | MLive

FLINT, MI — Mayor Dayne Walling says the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is offering to reconnect the city to Lake Huron water at an estimated cost of $1.5 million per month — more than the city can afford.

Walling said Tuesday, Oct. 6, that talks are continuing about the state helping the city pay that expense in the short term — until Flint can connect to the Karegnondi […]

‘We were paying to posion our kids’: Lead in Michigan city’s water hits children

October 4, 2015 | The Guardian

FWhen Lee-Anne Walters learned in March that her son’s immune system was compromised after being exposed to lead in the city of Flint’s water supply, she did what any parent would likely do: break down and cry.

“Shocked, angry … I was hysterical,” Walters told the Guardian. Barely able to speak, the 37-year-old called her friend Melissa Mays.

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Lead exposure in mothers can affect future generations

October 2, 2015 | Science Daily

It’s a known fact that babies in the womb can be affected by low levels of lead exposure. If a pregnant woman is exposed to lead, the lead passes through the placenta into the baby’s developing bones and other organs. Pregnant women with a past exposure to lead can also affect the unborn child’s brain, causing developmental problems later in life. Previous research studies have suggested that […]