Kol Haolam reports: A new bombshell investigative report shows that children in Williamsburg’s frum neighborhood have higher lead levels in their blood than those in Flint, Michigan, and have one of the highest levels in the nation.
Despite New York City leading the nation in lowering instances of lead poisoning, there are pockets in the city where old houses have peeling lead paint causing at least 10 percent of small children screened from 2005 to 2015 to have elevated lead levels. That is twice the rate found across Flint, Michigan, during the peak of its notorious water contamination crisis in 2014 and 2015, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 5 percent of children’s tests were high. But the worst spot — with recent rates nearly triple Flint’s — was in the frum area of Williamsburg.
Across three census tracts, as many as 2,400 children tested at or above the CDC’s current elevated lead threshold. In one, 21 percent of children tested during this period had high lead levels.