May 31, 2010
Lead poisoning in the city is so bad, that the AVERAGE Detroit schoolchild has a blood lead level of 4.7. This was the conclusion of a study reported on by the Detroit Free Press. While there are NO safe levels of lead in children, a level 5.0 or higher is considered poisonous.
In another study, the higher the level of lead in the school child, the lower the MEAP test scores.
A Free Press map showed that the children with the highest lead levels live in the city’s past and present industrial zones.
Poisoned children are another “legacy cost” that corporations ring up, and then run out on.