Lead in the News

Cleveland can learn from the work of activists and policy makers  around the Country

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Sep 14, 2023. Vox. Lead poisoning could be killing more people than HIV, malaria, and car accidents combined. "However bad you think lead poisoning is for the world, it’s worse." Thanks to JS for suggesting we cover this international study.

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DEC 27, 2022. Toledo Blade. Toledo property owners push back on proposal calling for lead-safe certification. "Pattrick Przysiecki’s four-unit rental property was built in 1958, well before a proposed lead-law ordinance stipulates that such property be registered with the county auditor and inspected and certified lead-safe.Thus far, the property is registered, but the lead inspection hasn’t happened, and Mr. Przysiecki is waiting for advice from the city leaders before moving forward on that directive even though he believes it is a broad overreach."

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Oct. 18, 2022. Cleveland.com. Cleveland Heights enacts ‘Lead Safe’ ordinance for rental properties, to take effect in June. "CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- It took five council readings and over a year for the city to become the first suburb in Cuyahoga County to enact its own “Lead Safe” ordinance, further protecting the health of local renters and their children. Council passed the measure Monday (Oct. 17) with some amendments added, including one that incorporates federal guidelines protecting Realtors from potential liability for information not disclosed to them by property owners and landlords. With an eye toward further protecting the health of children, such as these kids shown here at the Oct. 2 Cleveland Heights Fun Run, Cleveland Heights has become the first suburb in Cuyahoga County to enact its own 'Lead Safe' ordinance to remediate the ill effects of the hazardous paint that has been banned in the U.S. since 1978."

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July 16, 2021. Repository. State EPA cracks down on Republic Steel over lead emissions in air. "A Stark County judge has ordered Republic Steel to make a series of changes and threatened steep fines after its northeast Canton mill exceeded the federal limit for lead emissions in the air for the second time in three years this spring. The Ohio Attorney General's Office had sought an injunction against the company on behalf of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Common Pleas Judge Kristin Farmer granted the injunction and signed the order on July 2. Over three days in the second week of May, an air monitor on Georgetown Road reported lead levels of 1.69, 2.6 and 2.26 micrograms per cubic meter. For the period of March through May, emissions averaged 0.3 micrograms of lead per cubic meter of air, according to the injunction. The EPA maximum is 0.15 micrograms of lead per cubic meter of air over a three-month period."

JULY 14, 2021​. ​WFYI IUPUI To Give Out Free, Anonymous Lead Testing Kits at Indiana Black Expo​. "The do-it-yourself kits are anonymous and can be used to screen for lead at home by collecting dust, water and soil samples. The lab results are performed by IUPUI experts at no cost. The kits will be handed out on a first-come-first-serve basis Friday through Sunday at the Indiana Black Expo health fair.​"​

July 16, 2021. U.S. News & World Report. Even a Little Lead in Drinking Water Can Harm People With Kidney