YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Lead contamination in water supplies is not just an issue in the Youngstown area, but in cities and towns across America.
On Sunday, Dr. Kenneth Cowens met with people to discuss the current lead crises in the Valley and in places like Flint, Michigan and Pittsburgh.
“A patient population, or a consumer population, that has been neglected. What happened in Flint is criminal, and I’m not afraid to say that. In China, that guy would have been executed,” he said.
Cowens provides medical care to incarcerated men around the country, and also conducts extensive lead research.
He shared his findings with the audience and discussed its relevancy as more communities discover the effects of lead poisoning.
Cowens says the person elected president must pass legislation to prevent lead poisoning.
“I want to see a president who is so angry about this, that they stimulate the system to generate legislation that makes sure that this never happens again,” Cowens said. “This is criminal. These are babies. They didn’t ask to be born. They didn’t ask to be poisoned.”
Dr. Cowens is a former resident and health care provider of the Mahoning Valley, and decided to come back to Youngstown to launch his national effort.