Lead Exposure on the Rise Despite Decline in Poisoning Cases

Scientific American - Energy & Sustainability 2013-02-17


BOSTON--Exposure to lead--so toxic--is a problem of the past, right? Wrong. Since the U.S. took lead out of gasoline in 1976 and banned lead paint in 1978, most health scientists, regulators and the public have considered the problem largely solved. But ongoing testing shows that even though the average concentration of lead in the American bloodstream has dropped by a factor of 10 since the late 1970s, the levels are still two orders of magnitude higher than natural human levels, which have been determined by studying skeletal remains of native Americans dating to before the industrial revolution.

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02/17/2013, 21:04

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02/17/2013, 18:00