Lead still found in gasoline? The answer for small airplanes is, surprisingly, yes.

Here’s a fact that surprises even most environmentalists and public health advocates: Small aircraft in the US still use leaded gasoline.   It was certainly a surprise to me.  In the last few years, I’ve spent a fair… Read More


A panel of experts gathered at Penn State Harrisburg recently to discuss the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, its effects on residents, the health impacts of lead and public policy repercussions. The discussion, hosted by the Penn… Read More

What is lead?

Lead (chemical symbol Pb) is a heavy, toxic, poisonous chemical element. It is a soft, malleable metal that is bluish-gray in color. History of lead knowledge and use: Negative effects of lead were recognized by Ben Franklin in… Read More

Flint Weighs Scope of Harm to Children Caused by Lead in Water

FLINT, Mich. — Quayana Towns’s 2-month-old daughter wriggled on an exam table last week as her pediatrician ticked off questions that have become essential for every parent of young children here. “So what are you guys doing for… Read More

Learn about Lead

What is Lead? Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. While it has some beneficial uses, it can be toxic to humans and animals causing of health effects. Where is Lead Found?… Read More

Here’s how lead is poisoning American children

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan was the topic du jour at the March 6 Democratic debate. For years, lead has been leaching from the city’s corroded pipes into its water supply, poisoning its residents. Both Hillary Clinton and… Read More

Lead poisoning: Sources of exposure, health effects and policy implications

The crisis in Flint, Michigan over sustained exposure to lead and other toxins from the city’s water supply has many people concerned about lead poisoning and its long-term health effects. According to the World Health Organization, lead exposure accounts… Read More

Lead in Drinking Water and Human Blood Lead Levels in the United States

Mary Jean Brown, ScD Stephen Margolis, PhD Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services, National Center for Environmental Health Lead in Drinking Water and Human Blood Lead Levels in the United States Corresponding author: Mary Jean Brown, ScD,… Read More

Panel: UN should compensate Kosovo Roma over lead poisoning

FILE- In this Sept. 28, 2010 file photo, a barefoot Roma child walks at a dirt road in Cesmin Lug Roma camp in the northern Kosovo’s town of Mitrovica. A U.N. human rights tribunal in Kosovo said Friday,… Read More