Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace

If you're sick, stay home!

Feb 26, 2020

Latest Episodes

Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy

Flint isn’t the only city with lead poisoning problems

Tony Wagner Dec 19, 2016
Share Now on:
Brysten Edwards, second from left sits with other boys on a wall ledge at the West Calumet Housing Complex on September 4, 2016 in East Chicago, Indiana. The soil at the complex has been found to contain high levels of lead and arsenic putting all residents in danger if exposed to the elements. Edwards was tested for lead poisoning and his results came back positive. Over 1,000 residents are being asked by the East Chicago Housing Authority to relocate, after plans were decided to demolish the housing complex. Joshua Lott/Getty Images

Flint isn’t the only city with lead poisoning problems

Tony Wagner Dec 19, 2016
Brysten Edwards, second from left sits with other boys on a wall ledge at the West Calumet Housing Complex on September 4, 2016 in East Chicago, Indiana. The soil at the complex has been found to contain high levels of lead and arsenic putting all residents in danger if exposed to the elements. Edwards was tested for lead poisoning and his results came back positive. Over 1,000 residents are being asked by the East Chicago Housing Authority to relocate, after plans were decided to demolish the housing complex. Joshua Lott/Getty Images

Flint was just the start.

Thousands of neighborhoods across the country have higher lead poising rates than Flint, Mich., according to a Reuters investigation published today.

The Centers for Disease Control defines high lead content as 5 micrograms or more per deciliter, and 2.5 percent of children under six have elevated rates nationwide. Reuters found nearly 3,000 neighborhoods with double the rates of poisoning found in Flint. Roughly 1,000 neighborhoods had rates that were at least four times higher.

Lead poisoning is tough to find, according to the report. Children aren’t tested often and when they are, the results are reported at the state or county levels, while areas with acute lead poisoning are hidden.

Congress gave Flint $170 million in aid this year, Reuters noted, but the CDC’s budget state lead poisoning aid is a fraction of that. Reuters reporters visited several areas afflicted with high lead levels. They’re often poor and midwestern, like Missouri, where the statewide average is five percent and several areas passed 15 percent.

This data covers less than half the states — only 21 were able to get Reuters the specific data it requested.

Identifying the issue is only one part of the problem. When pipes and old buildings are poisoning the population, fixes can be tough. For a case study, revisit our reporting from Flint by clicking the audio player below.

If you’re a member of your local public radio station, we thank you — because your support helps those stations keep programs like Marketplace on the air.  But for Marketplace to continue to grow, we need additional investment from those who care most about what we do: superfans like you.

Your donation — as little as $5 — helps us create more content that matters to you and your community, and to reach more people where they are – whether that’s radio, podcasts or online.

When you contribute directly to Marketplace, you become a partner in that mission: someone who understands that when we all get smarter, everybody wins.