Cities With Higher Lead Levels Than Flint Launch Groundswell Of Activity To Address Problem
A Reuters report shines a light on the communities that have been affected. Officials there say it was a wake-up call they needed. "This has just laid out that it's not just a Detroit issue, it's not just a Baltimore issue," said Ruth Ann Norton, president of Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, a Baltimore-based nonprofit.
U.S. Cities Move To Curb Lead Poisoning Following Reuters Report
Cities and towns across the United States are taking action after a Reuters report identified thousands of communities where children tested with lead poisoning at higher rates than in Flint, Michigan. (Schneyer and Pell, 1/19)
Meanwhile, some lawmakers want to reopen the investigation on Flint —
Oversight Panel Democrats Want Flint Investigation Reopened
Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee want to reopen its investigation into the Flint, Mich., water crisis, according to a letter written by ranking member Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland and released Wednesday. The investigation, which led to a high profile oversight hearing that turned into partisan finger-pointing last March, was quietly closed before the Christmas holiday by Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. Democrats say they were not consulted on the decision, and that questions about how the crisis occurred, who bears responsibility and the progress of recovery remain unanswered. (Dillon, 1/19)