Flint Mayor Karen Weaver speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at City Hall in downtown Flint. Pregnant women and children under 6 are being told by state, local and federal officials to stop using tap water unless it has been tested for lead. Officials announced during a Friday, Jan. 29, press conference that recent lead testing found 26 sites across the city with readings of 150 parts per billion or more of lead– ten times the federal action limit. Testing from the U.S. Department of Environmental Quality discovered at least one home with lead levels above 4,000 ppb. The state directors of the Department of Environmental Quality and health department were in attendance. The state’s chief medical executive, Dr. Eden Wells, was also in attendance at the city hall press conference.
Source: Mlive, January 29, 2016 Water fountains were turned off at Flint City hall prior to the press conference.
According to the World Health Organization, “lead affects children’s brain development resulting in reduced intelligence quotient (IQ), behavioral changes such as shortening of attention span and increased antisocial behavior, and reduced educational attainment. Lead exposure also causes anemia, hypertension, renal impairment, immunotoxicity and toxicity to the reproductive organs. The neurological and behavioral effects of lead are believed to be irreversible.”