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        Poisoned Water | Taking Action to Protect the Public Welfare

        Learn what consequences government inaction, faulty scientific findings, and industry influence can have on the public welfare, in this media gallery from NOVA. Between 2001 and 2010, lead contaminated the Washington, D.C., water supply. But the government failed to notify the public until 2004. Despite federal agency assurance that the lead was not harmful to children, scientist Marc Edwards raised problems with the study’s scientific integrity and prompted Congress to act. Long before the crises in D.C. and Flint, Michigan, pediatrician Herb Needleman fought the lead industry to link chronic lead exposure with serious health problems, especially for children in low-income communities. This resource is part of the NOVA Collection.

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        Government Inaction Prompts Public Outcry in D.C.

        This video from NOVA: Poisoned Water examines the connection between the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and one that began more than a decade earlier in Washington, D.C.

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        The Man Who Warned the World About Lead

        This article from NOVA Next describes how, long before the crises in D.C. and Flint, pediatrician Herb Needleman developed a way to measure for chronic lead exposure, despite strong resistance from the lead industry, saving thousands of children’s lives.

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