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DC’s ongoing lead poisoning

4 Feb
Long term residents of DC will remember how the government’s water utility’s own scientist told them lead levels were criminally high in 2004 and the DC government threatened to fire her if she reported it to the EPA or media.  The DC city council then spent a year holding hearings and passing out bottled water to children and pregnant and nursing women and two or three years replacing lead water pipes under every street in the district.

From time to time the government now threatens to prevent the sale or rental of any dwelling where all lead paint has not been removed (which is basically every home built before 1979).

And it recommends testing for children.  Probably a good idea given that DC schools are probably sill full of it.

Please remember that all children living in the District must be screened for lead twice before they turn 3 years of age.  Pediatricians are required to do so during well-child care visits, first between 6 and 14 months of age, and a second time between 22 and 26 months of age.  Parents are required to furnish a certificate showing that their child under 6 years of age got screened for lead, if they enroll the child in a licensed day care center, Head Start or similar early childhood program, including kindergarten and first grade.  For more information, please visit

District Department of the Environment

1200 First Street, NE 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 535-2600