The Secret History of Lead

Date Published: 
Mon, 03/20/2000

Jamie Lincoln Kitman. The Nation. March 20, 2000.

Taking up an entire issue of the Nation magazine, “The Secret History of Lead” is a stunningly detailed article that reveals the whole sad history of leaded gasoline.

From the industry’s first cover ups in the 1920s to their ultra-reactionary efforts to slow down the EPA’s phaseout in the 1970s, it’s all here. “Since the virtual disappearance of leaded gas in the United States…the mean blood-lead level of the American population has declined more than 75 percent.”