The Chicago Tribune continues its series examining how the City responds to concern about lead poisoning in homes – both through lead paint and lead in water. To see the full article go to http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-chicago-lead-pipes-water-testing-met-20160226-story.html.
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The outrage over Flint, Michigan’s contaminated water supply should serve as a wakeup call about the problem of lead poisoning more broadly and its sources. While attention should not/cannot move away from Flint, fixing Flint’s pipes will not be sufficient to protect its children from the harms of an even greater source of lead poisoning, lead paint. In his February 7th column, Nicholas Kristof quotes a former CDC official, “Flint is a teachable moment for America.” Read more.
A case of childhood lead poisoning in Chicago’s public housing highlights the risks inherent in old housing, poorly maintained, with weak enforcement of existing laws and gaps in existing federal regulations.
Thanks to the Chicago Tribune for its series shining a light on childhood lead poisoning. This is one of the few causes of social and learning problems we know how to solve, yet we have not provided adequate resources to get the job done. Countries that banned the sale of paint in the early twentieth century are not facing the same problems.
The Chicago Tribune series on childhood lead poisoning over the summer of 2015 explored the toxic legacy of lead as a factor in urban violence and troubled schools, and what Chicago could be doing to prevent lead poisoning, before it happens.
As news outlets across the country begin to follow the story of lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan as a result of poor decision making and indifference to a poor and minority community, the Columbia Journalism Review profiles how an investigative journalist for the American Civil Liberties Union helped prove Flint was being poisoned with its own water.
The US Appeals Court for the 7th Circuit reinstated Wisconsin lead paint law suit.
A boy who suffered lead poisoning can sue a half-dozen major manufacturers of paint used on the Milwaukee house where he lived, based on a theory approved in a controversial 2005 Wisconsin Supreme Coyrt decision, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed US District Court Judge Rudolph Randa, who in 2010 had thrown the lawsuit out on the grounds that the “risk contribution theory” violated the substantive due process rights of the defendants – the makers of lead carbonate pigment. For more, see here.