Since they, like D.C. toddler Heavenz Luster, mouth everything they can consume the vestiges of lead paint which remain in older housing.
In the U.S. the residential use of lead paint was banned in the late 1970s. Abroad, it is still legal in many nations and of growing concern. Activists are calling upon Sherwin-Williams and PPG to stop exporting it.
The Washington Post features Luster's story. She has a high level of lead in her blood. Everything from her cognitive abilities to emotional stability could be affected.
The lead paint had been in the housing assigned to the homeless. Luster and her family are now in a motel. Her life-long treatment likely will cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
Obviously, lead paint, which was targeted by trial lawyers in the late 1990s and early 21st century, remains a public policy and legal matter. There was a time not so long ago when states filed lawsuits against companies such as Sherwin-Williams for making and selling lead paint before it was banned. With the exception of California, the defendants won those cases.
That was then.
With Luster's plight, the trial lawyers could find the states again ready to create lawsuits. Meanwhile, campaigns continue for Sherwin-Williams and PPG to end the production and export of lead paint.
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