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

May 2023

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May 15, 2023. WEWS. Lakewood spruces neighborhoods with paint grants. "A local nonprofit is once again helping families spruce up their homes. 'It's something that if you don't fix it, then it's going to cost you more, you know, money and time,' homeowner Perri Topulli said." Question to Lakewood Alive, the non-profit sponsor: are you promoting lead safe practices for DIY painters and requiring RRP certifications for contractors? Besides potentially unleashing lead into the community, RRP is the law!

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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 Disease. "Low levels of lead in drinking water are widespread in the United States. These findings suggest that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules on allowable lead levels in drinking water pose a risk to the 30 million to 40 million Americans with kidney disease. 'While drinking water may seem uniformly healthy, low levels of lead contamination found in the majority of drinking water systems in the United States may have toxic effects for those with chronic kidney disease,' said lead author Dr. John Danziger, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.' "

Jul 12, 2021. UT News. Childhood Lead Exposure May Adversely Affect Adult Personalities, "AUSTIN, Texas — Lead exposure in childhood may lead to less mature and less healthy personalities in adulthood, according to a new study led by psychology researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, sampled more than 1.5 million people in 269 U.S. counties and 37 European nations. Researchers found that those who grew up in areas with higher levels of atmospheric lead had less adaptive personalities in adulthood — lower levels of conscientiousness and agreeableness and higher levels of neuroticism."

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7/5/2021. Ars Tecbnica. Did lead poisoning cause downfall of Roman Empire? The jury is still out. "Ancient Rome’s emperors did some pretty bizarre stuff—bursting into uncontrollable fits of laughter, appointing a horse as a priest, dressing in animal skins and attacking people… the list goes on. Why did they act this way? Possibly… lead poisoning. There are any number of factors that contribute to the demise of an entire civilization, like the collapse of the Roman Empire circa 476 AD. The empire's slow decline is typically attributed to barbarian invasions, failed military campaigns, economic challenges, government corruption, and an over-reliance on slave labor, among other factors. But it's also been suggested that the toxic effects of lead poisoning on increasingly erratic rulers may also have contribute to its demise—a debate that has been revisited in a new Reactions video from the American Chemical Society."

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Would you like to know what your soil looks like in your community garden, tree planting site, or just a garden? Courtesy of Cuyahoga county Soil and Water Conservation District, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress received 30 soil test kits to distribute to residents within the City of Cleveland. We are happy to offer this to individuals and community groups that you work with in your community. Please write to us at dsridhar@clevelandnp.org by Jul 15th to let us know how many you would like to receive for your community, and we can bring them to you for your distribution.  These test kits can help inform residents of their soil quality, the required amendments for optimal plant health in their community gardens and upcoming tree planting locations. While these kits won't provide results in time for this year's season, they will be very useful to amend soil for next year as some soil amendments are recommended to  be applied in fall while some others in spring.

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