Eighteen Pennsylvania cities tested higher than Flint, MI for elevated blood lead levels and a growing chorus of evidence indicates a possible broader statewide lead problem. Lead is a highly poisonous metal and can affect almost every organ in the body and the nervous system. Clean Water Action is working to protect public health by reducing lead exposure through drinking water and in paint, dust, and soil, and by educating Pennsylvanians on how to identify and reduce lead in their communities.
Philadelphia’s smelters are shut down, and cars no longer run on leaded gasoline. But the lead they released still clings to the soil surface, along with flakes of exterior lead paint. The result: lead is in the dirt that sticks to shoes and hands after work or play in bare soil.