EPA pick is unclear about toxic lead levels. So are scientists

Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general picked by President-elect Donald Trump to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, immediately drew blowback during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday for saying that he “hasn’t looked into the scientific research” on precisely how much lead exposure is unsafe for children.

Critics slammed Pruitt’s response as an uninformed and dangerously naive perspective on a critical environmental health issue. But, in fact, Pruitt’s not alone in his uncertainty on this question. There’s an ongoing debate among scientists and regulators about how much lead is too much for kids to have in their bodies.

Just this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was scheduled to hold a meeting to discuss that very question.

That didn’t stop Democrats from using Pruitt’s quote, out of context, as a talking point:

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