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Our looming lead problem

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Science  17 Aug 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6403, pp. 654
DOI: 10.1126/science.aau3894

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On 25 April 2014, Flint Mayor Dayne Walling ceremoniously shut off a valve to the Detroit water supply and opened the flow of the Flint River into local homes and businesses. He marked the occasion by drinking from a glass filled with water from the new source. Eighteen months later, the water supply was switched back to Detroit. What occurred in between—the city's failure to control infrastructure corrosion, the deterioration of fresh water entering Flint residences, citizen complaints, government denials, elevated lead levels in children, and public outcry—would become the basis for a crisis that rose to national attention in 2015. What the Eyes Don't See by Mona Hanna-Attisha and The Poisoned City by Anna Clark are the first two books to document in detail this horrible disaster.

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