Rise in Miscarriages Coincided With High Lead Levels in DC Water: Study

"Late-term miscarriages and spontaneous abortions occurred at an unusually high rate among Washington women from 2000 through 2003 — during the same time frame that lead levels were dangerously high in the city’s drinking water, a study has found."

"The increase in fetal deaths was an anomalous spike for the District, and the rate of women losing advanced pregnancies returned to average levels in 2004. That is the year that a Washington Post story alerted the public to the widespread lead problem in tap water, and federal health officials began urging children and pregnant women to instead drink filtered or bottled water.

The study findings, which are scheduled to be published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, do not prove that the city’s lead crisis caused fetal deaths or miscarriages. But the results show a significant correlation between the two events."

Carol D. Leonnig reports for the Washington Post December 9, 2013.

Source: Wash Post, 12/10/2013