Lead Contamination Media Briefing - Highlights

Selected clips from SciLine’s media briefing on May 1, 2019. (Back to main briefing page)


Is there any single solution to remove lead from U.S. drinking water?

Dr. Adrienne Katner, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Lead continues to pervade the tap water of many U.S. communities. This is due largely to the extreme difficulty and high cost of identifying, removing, and preventing the many potential sources of lead across thousands of water systems. Dr. Adrienne Katner weighs different approaches to solving the problem.

Are people who use private water wells at risk of lead exposure?

Dr. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, University of North Carolina

In the United States, millions of people drink water from privately-owned wells that are unregulated. Here, Dr. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson discusses the unique challenges posed by private drinking water systems for preventing and controlling lead exposure.

Do children with high blood lead levels experience challenges in school?

Dr. Mary Jean Brown, Harvard University

Among the known health effects of lead exposure for children are lower IQ, slowed growth, behavior and learning problems, anemia, and hearing problems. Dr. Mary Jean Brown explains how high blood levels can affect children in school.