Reuters continues its reporting exposing hidden lead hazards nationwide in a 2-part series, Lead’s Hidden Toll. Part 1, constructed from previously undisclosed data, reveals how lead afflicts neighborhoods rich and poor in Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous. Findings surprised local leaders, moving them to immediate reforms.
Part 2 reveals how Reuters has now identified more than 3,300 communities with lead exposure rates double those found in Flint; they contrasted this reporting against pending federal lead budget cuts planned by President Trump. Part 2 was anchored from Buffalo, one of the nation’s most toxic lead hotspots, showing how federal programs – now on the chopping block – have helped families in need.