There is no safe level of lead exposure

High Lead Levels In Michigan Kids After City Switches Water Source
September 29, 2015
http://www.npr.org/2015/09/29/444497051/high-lead-levels-in-michigan-kids-after-city-switches-water-source

… He’d been tested before the city switched its water source. At that time, he had a level of 2 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. After the switch, his level was 6.5.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a level of 5 is considered “much higher” than that found in most children. It also says there is no safe level of lead exposure — and the effects, like lower IQ, are irreversible.

… researchers from Virginia Tech found that Flint River water is highly corrosive. That means when it comes into contact with lead from service lines, household pipes or solder, it eats away at the lead and sends it right to people’s faucets.
[In 1986 lead pipes were banned.]

City officials and state regulators say they’re now putting together a corrosion control plan to reduce lead exposure.

related:
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/10/18/449698380/calls-continue-for-epa-to-clean-up-former-lead-production-site-in-philly

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