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Congressional Investigators Say The CDC Misled D.C. Residents About Lead Levels

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By Patrick Madden

A congressional probe has found the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention misled D.C. residents about the effects of high lead levels in the city's drinking water.

A House investigative subcommittee has concluded the CDC made 'scientifically indefensible' claims in 2004 when it declared high lead levels in the water were not causing 'noticeable harm' to the health of District residents, according to the Washington Post.

The committee says the authors of the CDC report knew they were using flawed, incomplete data and says CDC officials 'failed in their public duty.' The congressional probe is also raising concerns about the current lead levels in more than 9,000 District homes. The Post says these homes have partial-lead pipe replacements and may be 4 times as likely to have unsafe levels of lead.

The subcommittee's report was released today.

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