This action has nothing to do with improving public health.
WABC-TV (New York) reports,
A recommendation by a federal panel could mean hundreds of thousands of more children are diagnosed with lead poisoning.
Too much lead in children can cause brain damage, even death.
New research shows the old standards of acceptable lead levels in children is just too high.
New research persuaded the CDC panel that the current standard is just not good enough.
So for the first time in 20 years, they’re urging the government to lower the threshold for lead poisoning in children.
But even though we use more lead than ever:
- Blood lead levels are already plenty low;
- There is no evidence showing that current blood lead levels or ambient exposures are harming anyone; and
- The only children harmed by lead are those rare (and generally historic past) cases involving massive consumption of paint chips or the swallowing of lead trinkets.
The CDC panel’s goals are to keep itself and the lead scare industry in business and to condition the public that industrial activity is dangerous.