Low-income, minority areas seen as lead poisoning hot spots
By Matt Rocheleau Globe Staff
State Representative Jeffrey Sánchez, a Democrat from Jamaica Plain, said he’s hopeful that increased attention from the crisis in Flint, Mich., will build political momentum for passage of a a bill he has sponsored that would strengthen Massachusetts lead laws.
“It’s incredible that here we are in 2016 and we’re still talking about lead,” he said.
“We have the second-oldest housing stock in the country,” Sánchez added. “And this is a problem that disproportionately impacts children from low-income and minority populations.”
“I think the problems in Flint have brought some attention to the issue, and I’m hopeful we can get this done,” he said.