former Master Metals lead smelter site on the east side of Detroit was never
cleaned up until newspaper articles pointed out the dangerous site, which is
just across the street from a public housing project and elementary school.
The state of Michigan's industrial past is poisoning
its children today. Looming in backyards, on windowsills and at former
smelter sites, lead is getting into children's blood and bones, permanently
damaging their ability to learn and develop. The poorest people are most
affected as their lead-tainted, inner-city homes fall apart around them and
crumbling industries leave their dangers behind. Doctors and politicians are
working to knock down the problem but thousands of children continue to be
harmed by they lead the eat and breath every day.