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Report calls for action to reduce lead exposure

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

A new reportcalls for more aggressive action to reduce lead exposure, such as that seen in Flint childrenduring the city’s water crisis.

The report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pew Trust details 10 things that can be done to reduce children’s exposure to lead.

The recommendations include replacing lead pipes, cleaning up lead paint, reduce lead air emissions and improve testing of at-risk children.

Giridhar Mallya is a health policy expert.  He says it’s important to improve public access to lead data.

“So people can understand, whether they’re parents, physicians or local policymakers, how does the risk of lead exposure vary across our community and where should we target resources,” says Mallya.

Mallya says that’s a key missing piece that’s essential for communities to take action to limit lead exposure.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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