Lead poisoning expert witness Joseph Courtney testified in The People of California v. Atlantic Richfield Company et al regarding lead-based paint as a source of lead poisoning. Courtney is a research scientist for the California Department of Public Health’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch. Ten cities and counties want lead based paint manufacturers to pay for eradicating lead paint from homes.
The Department of Public Health’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch states that children at risk for lead poisoning are young children under six years of age who spend time in homes, childcare centers, or buildings built before 1978 that have chipping or peeling paint. Because their brains and nervous systems are still forming, they are at greatest risk of harmful health effects from lead poisoning.