Lead: A toxic legacy

Lead exposure remains a threat to America’s children

There is no safe level of lead exposure. Lead exposure is likely to impair children's normal brain development, contribute to learning and behavioral problems, and lower IQs.

Despite decades of progress in reducing children's exposure to lead, America continues to have a toxic legacy of lead.

In 2011, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimated that approximately 500,000 children have elevated blood lead levels.1 Poor and minority children remain at the greatest risk.

Paths toward reducing lead exposure

  1. "Blood Lead Levels in Children Aged 1–5 Years — United States, 1999–2010," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention