Lead and Detroit

Six percent of all Detroit children tested in 2004 had lead poisoning, three times the national average. Detroit’s lead hazards come primarily from deteriorating lead-based paint used on homes built before 1978, and extant pollution from industrial smelters, factories, and car exhaust.  Approximately 56% of Detroit’s housing stock was built before 1950, when the majority of homes utilized lead-based paint.*

Read the EPA’s report on lead poisoning in Detroit HERE.

View Wayne State University’s page on lead poisoning research HERE.




*Information taken from http://www.epa.gov/med/grosseile_site/indicators/lead.html