New Jersey’s lead crisis is back in the news, as Newark battles an ongoing crisis, ramping up efforts to replace its corroding lead water pipes while telling citizens to use bottled water in the interim.
ACNJ reported that childhood lead exposure in New Jersey saw a sharp decline between 2000 and 2013 – a positive trend for the state’s youngest who could otherwise face developmental delays and mental health crises, impacting their future. However, efforts have been stagnant and some counties even saw an increase in lead exposure.
We already have lead mitigation strategies developed. We just have to use them. Read this op-ed from President/CEO Cecilia Zalkind and Policy Counsel Peter Chen to learn more.