March 4, 2016

The Opinion Pages | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

Blame HUD for America’s Lead Epidemic


Chicago — SINCE news first emerged last year about dangerously high levels of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Mich., it has become shockingly clear that that city is far from alone. Reports of lead poisoning are on the rise across the country, from New York to Ohio and Iowa, particularly among low-income and minority children.

Not all of the cases involve tainted water supplies. In many cases, the blame lies somewhere else entirely: federal housing policies, in place since the 1990s, that have placed 1.6 million households with children at risk for lead poisoning. The problem is a dangerous mismatch between the prevailing science on lead poisoning and the Department of Housing and Urban Development's standards. These outdated regulations set the blood lead level for lead poisoning... Read the article...