Understanding Exemptions from HUD’s Lead-Safe Housing Rule

The news coming out of Flint, Mich., this year has brought much attention to the harmful effects lead poisoning can have on young children. According to calculations from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, switching to the Flint River as the city’s primary water source in an attempt to save around $5 million over the course of two years has, instead, cost $458 million. Only $58 million of that is expenditure by the state on medical care and unleaded water.

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