‘Noisy’ New York City’s Lead Poisoning Problem Has ‘Significantly Increased’ in 2016
By J.J. Drenner The city of New York is facing an unprecedented spike in lead poisoning after its lead-tainted water system became contaminated with lead in 2016.
The city now has more than 1,100 lead-contaminated homes, according to the New York State Department of Health, and more than 3,300 people are sickened with elevated blood lead levels, according the New Yorker.
The problem is compounded by an ongoing lead contamination problem in the city’s lead-infused public water supply, which supplies about a third of the citys water supply.
The lead in the water is typically absorbed into the water by microbes and then released as an odour.
The smell of the toxic fumes can trigger asthma, breathing problems and nausea.
But it is only in the last two years that the city has seen an increase in cases.
The uptick has been attributed to lead in some of the water supplies and the contamination of the system, including a leaky pipe.
New York’s lead problem began to worsen in 2016 after a massive spike in the number of lead-poisoning cases in the first half of the year.
The spike is still unfolding, but is likely to get worse.
“Lead contamination is on the rise in New York, and the numbers are increasing,” said Michael Schulman, a lead contamination expert at New York University.
“That is worrisome.”
The city is facing its biggest spike in cases of elevated blood Lead since 2006, when the state began tracking cases of the condition, according a New York Times article.
Lead poisoning can lead to long-term health problems including developmental delays, hearing loss, learning disabilities, and other neurological issues.
The state recently released a report saying that the state’s lead water system was at a “critical” point, and that the lead levels in New Yorkers’ drinking water had increased by nearly 400 per cent.
In 2016, the city reported 6,300 lead poisoning cases, up from 5,000 in 2016, according at the time.
Lead is a neurotoxin that can damage the central nervous system.
In the last decade, the amount of lead in New Zealand water supplies has increased dramatically.
The country now has 1,800 lead-paintings per 1,000 people, according data from the New Zealand Institute of Health.
It is estimated that more than 20 per cent of New Zealand’s population of over 10 million is exposed to high levels of lead.
According to the World Health Organization, children and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning.
New Zealanders with blood levels above 10 micrograms per deciliter (mg/dL) are at increased risk of developing the disease.
“We know from other research that lead poisoning increases the risk of cognitive impairment, especially in children,” said Dr. James Schulz, a pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
“There are a lot of things that we don’t know, we don, we have no idea.”
The lead poisoning problem has been linked to a lack of enforcement and oversight in the lead-safe industries.
“New York City has the largest concentration of lead paint workers in the United States,” said Schulmann.
“The city has a high concentration of these people, and New York does not have a robust system to enforce their occupational health and safety requirements.”
A spokesman for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, the state health commissioner, said that his city was taking proactive steps to improve its lead safety.
The Department of Environmental Conservation has a lead-safety team and has issued a number of orders to the city, including one requiring lead paint removal from homes, parks and other public spaces, as well as cleaning up water supplies.
The New York Department of Transportation has also issued a directive requiring people who use the system to wear masks.
The mayor’s office said it would be working with the state and federal agencies to identify solutions.
But the city still has much work to do to address the lead poisoning crisis.
New Yorkers have been urged to not go outside for fear of the chemicals.
The City of New London has been working on a plan to test for lead in its water and air, and has announced a pilot program that will test water for lead and other contaminants.
The program is to run from next year.
A New York state health official has also said that the mayor should work with the New Jersey Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DECEP) to address its lead contamination.
A DECEP spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.