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Why Lead Is So Pervasive And So Concerning

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Lead hit the headlines in a big way with the news of lead in the Flint, Michigan water supply. 

And that led to many other communities wondering about the chance of finding lead in their water.  So a series of tests on water systems, facilities, and appliances has shown lead at actionable levels in schools and homes in Oregon, including recent findings of lead pipes in Medford. 

We begin to get a picture of lead in water, and why it's such a concern, with Jackson County Health Director Jim Shames, pediatrician Lauren Herbert at PeaceHealth in Eugene,  and Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center Director Richard Roseberg.  Roseberg knows about lead in the environment, and Shames and Herbert know the health concerns and approaches.  

Link: Medford Water Commission's page on lead "pigtail" pipes.


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.