Bill shares good news on the decades-long fight to protect children from the dangers of lead-based paint. When Bill spoke with public health historians Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner last year, they told him about a pending lawsuit in California demanding the paint industry to cover the cost of eliminating old lead paint from some five million homes. With the help of historical documents unearthed by Markowitz and Rosner, the judge ruled against three companies in December –deciding that they had marketed a product that they knew was harmful for much of the 1900s. The companies were ordered to pay $1.1 billion towards cleaning up the toxin.

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