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Dr. Richard Jackson: When policymakers ignore science, children pay the price

Dr. Richard J. Jackson, professor emeritus of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, authored an opinion piece in which he states, "...it's time to reject the myth that pouring harmful chemicals and particles into our air won't destroy our children's future."

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Monday, March 25, 2019
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More than a decade ago, I authored a paper warning that the toxic pollutant lead was damaging the brains of our children and costing each year's cohort of American babies hundreds of billions in lifetime income. Today I am writing because there is mounting evidence that failing to protect our children from air pollution will cost far more.

For too long, the powerful damage done by lead exposure to children went first unrecognized, and then malignantly unaddressed by those responsible for taking action.

Shifting blame to mothers for negligence was a more convenient tactic than taking responsibility for their actions: "Why would a good mother have her children living in slum housing?"


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