How Companies Capitalize on Lead-Paint Victims in Baltimore | WYPR

How Companies Capitalize on Lead-Paint Victims in Baltimore

Sep 1, 2015

Over the course of two decades, Maryland’s Department of the Environment has identified more than 93,000 children poisoned by lead paint. During that time, Baltimore has made measurable strides forward in abating lead paint in city homes, and as recently as last week was awarded a 4 million dollar grant to rid close to 230 more homes of lead. This good news comes coupled with a sad story, published by the Washington Post, outlining how companies have turned buying lead paint settlements from poor, black lead paint poisoned victims into a multi-billion dollar industry. In this hour of Midday, we’ll discuss the progress made on ending this public health issue, and the call for a federal reform to end exploitation. Our guests: Washington Post Reporter, Terrence McCoy; President and CEO of the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, Ruth Ann Norton; and a Baltimore lawyer would has represented thousands of children poisoned by lead paint, Saul Kerpelman