As all eyes are on the lead poisoning scandal in Flint, Mich., many cities across America have been found to actually have higher lead poisoning than Flint. The Washington Post’s Yanan Wang writes on data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention which found that 12 states have reported to have a higher percentage of kids with lead poisoning compared to Flint, from lead test results in 2014. Yet, a small percentage of kids across the country have been tested, meaning more children most likely have lead poisoning that has gone undetected.

An advocacy group in New Jersey has called on Gov. Chris Christie to devote $100 million towards a Lead Hazard Control Assistance fund, a measure Christie vetoed. Many of the instances of high lead poisoning across the country come from lead paint in, predominately low-income homes that were built prior to 1978 before lead-paint was banned.

On the federal level, then, there is no comprehensive understanding of the extent to which the population is being exposed to hazardous amounts of lead. While the percentage of children with more than 5 micrograms per deciliter of lead has been steadily declining, the CDC says no blood-lead levelin children has been determined to be 'safe.'
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