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Michigan Home Demolitions May Have Caused Release of Lead-Tainted Dust

The nation’s largest home-demolition program, which has torn down more than 14,000 vacant houses across Detroit, Mich., may have inadvertently created a new problem by spreading lead-contaminated dust through some of the city’s many hollowed-out neighborhoods. Health officials are concerned …

Michigan Given OK by Feds to Spend $119M on Lead Abatement

Michigan won federal approval Monday to spend roughly $119 million over five years to remove lead hazards from the homes of low-income residents in Flint and other communities – the second time the state has received a waiver to spend …

Nation’s Water Systems Repeatedly Exceed Federal Lead Standard

This railroad town promotes its ties to Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and the poet Carl Sandburg. But Galesburg’s long history also shows in a hidden way: Aging pipes have been leaking lead into the drinking water for decades. Blood tests …

In St. Louis, Lead Poisoning Concerns Center on Old Paint

While lead in the tap water in Flint, Michigan, caused national outrage, many older cities, including St. Louis, have battled a more severe threat from lead for decades. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that at least 3,300 kids in St. Louis …

Ohio City Lags in Lead Hazard Inspection, Clean-up

The city of Cleveland, Ohio, failed to inspect at least half the homes or apartments where children with lead poisoning live, and when city inspectors did investigate and identify a hazard it got fixed less than half the time, according …

Could Your Valentine’s Kiss Give You Lead Poisoning?

If you’re going to be on either end of a kiss this Valentine’s Day, you might want to consider smooching bare-lipped. Most lipstick contains lead. Lead has been banned in paint since 1978 because of its toxicity at low levels, …