Why It Took Decades of Blaming Parents Before We Banned Lead Paint

(THE ATLANTIC) David RosnerGerald Markowitz, APRIL 22, 2013

As with soda, demanding that all mechanisms of harm be completely understood before regulations are put in place is frightening.

Some died slow deaths. Others went into convulsions. Tens of thousands yet to be born were at risk of permanent damage.

Lead paint initially seemed harmless. The lead pigment that lent color and texture to the oil that formed its base made up as much as 70 percent of a can of paint. As little as a thumbnail-sized chip, though, could send kids into convulsions. But that didn’t mean anyone was doing anything. And there was a reason.

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