Study: There was no detectable lead poisoning of Flint, MI water supply after all

Study: There was no detectable lead poisoning of Flint, MI water supply after all
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[Ed. – As Kyle Smith says, it was right to be vigilant and concerned about any lapses in proper precautions and management. But (your Ed. speaking) it’s not right to scare people unnecessarily and make a political ruckus before the facts are in.]

The increase in lead content in children’s blood after the water debacle was small. Tiny, in fact. How tiny? It was basically statistical noise: 0.11 micrograms per deciliter, which is within the range of normal fluctuation. Two experts explain in the New York Times:

A similar increase of 0.12 micrograms per deciliter occurred randomly in 2010-11. It is not possible, statistically speaking, to distinguish the increase that occurred at the height of the contamination crisis from other random variations over the previous decade.

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Yet in terms of lead in the water in the Flint, the inescapable takeaway from the Times op-ed by professors Hernán Gómez, the lead author of the study “Blood Lead Levels of Children in Flint, Michigan: 2006–2016,” and Kim Dietrich, the principal investigator of the Cincinnati Lead Study, is that the children of Flint dodged a bullet when the city water supply was switched from the Detroit River to the Flint River in 2014.

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