BU professor conducts first public conversation on lead
Lecturer on Environmental Law and Policy Rick Reibstein organized a session called “A Public Conversation on Lead” at the April 6 Fair Housing and Civil Rights conference hosted by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in Springfield, MA. Reibstein has recently created a website to promote awareness of the issue and what we can do about it. The session was an experiment in democratic engagement to see if people who have never met each other before could come together and craft a joint statement. In a short time the group was able to write a letter to Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Inspired by this, the Silver Valley Coalition of Idaho, site of one of the worst lead-contaminated areas in the U.S., wrote letters to Carson and to Administrator Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency. See the statements at www.leadconversation.net, under Events.