As Flint, Michigan continues to grapple with its ongoing lead poisoning crisis, new attention is being focused on lead exposure across the country.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2014 spent $2 million as part of a funding program to help some of America’s biggest cities monitor lead exposure.
Vox reporter Sarah Torstenson spent a week looking at the cities where this funding was invested in. Torstenson came away with three significant findings:
- The rate of lead exposure in Pennsylvania is incredibly alarming, particularly when compared to the rates in Flint, Mich.
- There are cities such as Chicago and New York, that have made significant strides in reducing lead exposure
- Cities that get money for monitoring lead exposure purposes, do not have easy to understand data