The Lead Hazard In Schools That Won't Go Away

September 8, 2014 6:28 PM

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The Lead Hazard In Schools That Won't Go Away

The worn, heart-shaped rug that greeted you upon entering Angela Molloy Murphy's preschool was a reflection of the love she has for the 17 children she cares for daily in her home's remodeled basement.

Rubin is executive director of the nonprofit Lead Safe America Foundation. On a visit to the preschool earlier this May, she pointed an X-ray fluorescent heavy-metal detector at the rug's faded red threads and relayed the bad news: It was loaded with lead.

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