Britain must replace its lead pipes to meet WHO standards for drinking water

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6991.1408b (Published 27 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1408
  1. Erik Millstone,
  2. John Russell
  1. Lecturer Research student Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9RF

    EDITOR,—As Stuart J Pocock and Marjorie Smith have been members of official British advisory committees, their acknowledgement that there is convincing evidence that blood lead concentrations down to 10 μg/dl (0.48 μmol/l) produce adverse neurological effects in children should have important implications for public policy.1 The United States government set a target maximum childhood blood lead concentration of 10 μg/dl in 1991, but the British “action level” has remained at 25 μg/dl (1.2 μmol/l). The British government should now lower its target to, or preferably below, 10 μg/dl …

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