It's so much worse than Flint: John Oliver expose blows the doors off another horrific lead scandal

The biggest lead-poisoning threat does not come from water, Oliver reports, but from ingesting lead paint dust


Brendan Gauthier
April 18, 2016 4:04PM (UTC)

"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver last night centered his main segment on lead — as in the element that's effectively poisoned the drinking water in Flint, Michigan.

"Unfortunately, the problem is not just in Flint," Oliver explained, citing a USA Today Network report that "found lead contamination in almost 2,000 additional water systems spanning all 50 states."

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However, "The biggest threat of lead poisoning to children does not come from water," he continued. "It comes from ingesting lead paint dust."

Oliver noted a 2011 American Healthy Homes survey that found an estimated 2.1 million U.S. homes containing "both a lead dust hazard and a child under six."

"Lead is almost as much of scourge in young children's homes as 'Frozen' merchandise," he added.

Watch the full segment below:


Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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