Lead Costs the People of Michigan $300 Million Every Year


A new report released by the University of Michigan Risk Science Center estimates that childhood lead exposure costs Michigan residents $330 million annually, and a statewide remediation program would pay for itself in three years. 

"Economic Impacts of Lead Exposure and Remediation in Michigan," compares the cost of four well-documented impacts of lead exposure­--increased health care, increased crime, increase in special education, and decline in lifetime earnings--with the cost of lead abatement of high-risk homes.

The researchers estimate that it would require an investment of $600 million to remediate the 100,000 high-risk housing units in Michigan­--an outlay that would pay for itself after three years when compared with the ongoing costs associated with exposure.

The substantial economic returns coupled with the improved health outcomes suggests that lead abatement is a critical economic and public health investment. 

The analysis was conducted by Risk Science Center research specialist Tracy Swinburn, in partnership with the Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health (MNCEH).

Healthy Homes Executive Director Paul Haan commented on the  report in a FOX-17 interview.

For more information, visit: www.riskscience.umich.edu/lead-exposure