Newark, New Jersey is handing out bottled water this week after the city’s “fleeting solution” to lead contamination in the drinking water supply was flagged by the EPA, NPR’s Sasha Ingber reports.  

Baby teeth collected in 5 Los Angeles neighborhoods showed high amounts of lead traced to recycled car batteries at a nearby Exide plant—shuttered for hazardous waste violations in 2015.  

Marc Edwards, a civil and environmental engineering professor at Virginia Tech, was widely regarded as a hero for helping expose dangerously high lead levels in Flint, Michigan. But when Edwards began reporting that Flint’s lead levels were improving, activists and…

In 2016, shocking lead levels were found in 5-year-old Mikaila’s blood. In keeping with the agency’s decades-old pattern of neglect, her landlord—the New York City Housing Authority—doubled down to deny the findings.   For decades Nycha, landlord to 400,000, has challenged…

UN camps for the Roma minority people during the 1998 Kosovo conflict ended up exposing the more than 600 inhabitants to dangerous levels of lead and toxins for 6 years.   The camps, located near a heavy-metals mining complex, were evacuated in 2005 after human rights…

Global NGO Pure Earth has spent more than 3 years in Kabwe, Zambia—recently labeled “the world’s most toxic town” by The Guardian in a piece with photos by Pultizer Center grantee Larry C. Price—helping residents to deal with the legacy of environmental damage caused by…

The lead glaze that artisans in La Victoria, Ecuador used to strengthen and beautify ceramic tiles throughout the 1990s led to tragic consequences the community is still overcoming.   The artisans burned discarded car batteries in backyard kilns to melt down lead,…

As brown water flowed from taps in Flint, Michigan, government officials made the public health emergency worse and allowed it to persist far longer than it should have, The New York Times reports. Even after warnings from a federal water expert and others, government…

Lead in Flint, Michigan’s water is undeniably tragic, but there is reason to hope that the lead levels may not cause permanent brain damage for the children affected.