Cost of Lead Poisoning in Flint Now Estimated at $458 Million

By James Hamblin

August 9, 2016

“The lifelong bill for each case of low-level lead poisoning is about $50,000 and 0.2 years of perfect health, based on CDC data. Flint has already seen more than 8,000 documented exposures, while each year there are some 90,000 across the country. … If the numeric cost argument isn’t convincing in the wake of the Michigan tragedy, the other cold number to consider is 1760. That’s is the number of years of healthy human life that have been sacrificed due to lead poisoning in Flint so far.”