Oakland's Toxic Lead Contamination Isn't in the Water. It's in the Buildings and Dirt, and It's Bad.
Source: East Bay Express, Date: , 2016
Oakland Dec 29, 2016 : According to a recently published Reuters report, Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood is one of 3,000 U.S. communities with lead contamination worse than Flint, Michigan. But whereas Flint has been the subject of international media scrutiny, lead pollution in places like Fruitvale remains mostly unexamined. That is, until Reuters' review of public lead contamination data prompted several Bay Area media outlets to shine a light on the Fruitvale's lead problem.But actually, the dangerous levels of lead pollution in the Fruitvale and other areas of Alameda County isn't new information. Federal, state, county, and city environmental officials have known about the Fruitvale's lead contamination for years.