Jul 12, 2022. ABC 57 News. South Bend Common Council intervening after child gets lead poisoning in historic home. "South Bend’s Historical Preservation Committee originally denied several requests by the family to replace the windows because the committee wanted to preserve them. After emphasizing a need for better communication, the Common Council voted six to one to allow the windows to be replaced."
Jul 13 2022. News-Medical.net. Study confirms a causal link between lead-in-water and adverse fetal health outcomes. "Lehigh University and Bentley University health economics researchers have published the first study to confirm a causal relationship between lead-in-water and adverse fetal health outcomes. Although many studies have found a correlation between lead exposure and health, a causal link had been lacking in the literature-;until now. The study has recently been published in the Journal of Health Economics in an article titled: Lead in Drinking Water and Birth Outcomes: A Tale of Two Water Treatment Plants."
July 14, 2022. Observer.com. Why Do Black Kids Keep Being Poisoned By Lead? Benton Harbor, Michigan is one of the latest majority-Black communities to experience toxic contamination. "In his 1971 song, “Save The Children,” Marvin Gaye pleaded that we should consider protecting our children’s lives because they are our future: 'Little children today…Are really gonna suffer tomorrow…What a shame…Such a bad way to live' Gaye’s classic was released just six years before lead paint was banned nationwide in response to children having seizures and dying. Nearly 50 years after the lead paint ban, Black children across the U.S. continue to suffer from lead exposure more than other groups. With lead being found in pipes, faucets, and drinking fountains, Gaye’s lyrics still ring true. His plea might be on the minds of community members in Benton Harbor, Michigan, an 85% Black town of 9,000 residents — 45% of whom live in poverty — located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. 'Segregation, disinvestment, and concentrated poverty — none of which is a historic accident, but a purposeful strategy — has caused generations of people in Benton Harbor to suffer,' Anna Clark, a Detroit-based journalist and author of 'The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy,' told PBS NewsHour in fall 2021."
15 Jul 2022. Mirror. Boy, 3, suffers 'lead poisoning' after eating mud in garden as mum desperate to move. "A mum-of-two is desperate to move out of her council flat after claiming her three-year-old son suffered lead poisoning from the garden. Layla Carter, 27, is trying to get Bristol City Council to rehouse her family but claims her request has been refused because work has been done to try and fix the issue. However, she says more tests need to be carried out as her son Vinnie's lead levels continue to rise. Layla says her son has pica, an eating disorder that causes him to eat things that are not food such as mud and sand."
July 15, 2022. Richmond Palladium-Item. Make My Move plans to offer remote workers $5,000 enticement. "During the morning portion of the commissioners meeting, Christine Stinson, executive director of the Wayne County Health Department, described the difficulties associated with the state's new lead poisoning regulations. The state July 1 lowered the lead levels in children's blood that trigger health department action. The new law immediately doubled the health department's cases. A grant provided wages for a part-time nurse and part-time environmentalist to help lessen the department's load. Stinson said that funding is necessary to assist families impacted by lead. She said there are temporary housing concerns as well as mitigation costs that home owners face."
Jul. 08, 2022. Cleveland.com. Lead poisoning is a public health crisis. Ohio’s cities should act now: Sterling Shriber and Palak Rath. "AKRON, Ohio -- Lead is a poison that too often contaminates many aspects of urban life, inflicting widespread disease and disability. That burden is especially high in the Rust Belt, in cities like Akron and Cleveland, and the effects are felt disproportionately by the poor and marginalized, with children being the most vulnerable. For decades, states and the federal government have lagged in taking meaningful action. Little progress will come from waiting any longer. Local communities can come together to confront the issue, and cities must now take action where they can."
July 7, 2022. ABC 6. Pawtucket apartment complex owner fined $25K for violating lead paint guidelines. "The United States Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that the owner of a Pawtucket apartment complex had to pay a $25,000 fine after failing to properly renovate surfaces covered with lead paint. The EPA said that American Wire Residential Lofts was not a Rhode Island Lead Hazard Control licensed firm. The licensing is require for all housing built before 1978. American wire also did not have a certified lead renovator to oversee each renovation project." More here
July 7, 2022. Times Free Press. Water samples taken from Dupont Elementary in Chattanooga test extremely high for lead. "Two water samples taken from Dupont Elementary have tested extremely high for lead, according to Hamilton County Schools data. One sample from a classroom faucet showed lead concentration levels of 286 parts per billion — more than 10 times higher than the level at which the state requires a response, which is 20 parts per billion. The samples were part of routine water testing required by the state of Tennessee. Hamilton County Schools collected 806 samples. Of those, 12 showed lead concentration levels higher than 20 ppb."
2022-07-04 Ground Alerts. Lead Market Demand, Regional Overview, Business Growth & Forecast to 2025. "Increasing deployment of backup power systems in hospitals, industrial and commercial facilities is a major factor driving the growth of the lead market. Surging need of automotive batteries and favorable federal reforms to develop enhanced microgrid networks is also aiding the expansion of the market. Escalating investments in metal & mining industries coupled with growing electric vehicle sector are also fueling the popularity of the product across the globe."
Undated. New York League of Conservation Voters. Lead in Soil: An Environmental Review. "New York City’s parks serve as a peaceful respite from the bustle of urban life. They’re home to sporting events, concerts, and community gardens. But these park safe havens may contain a hidden danger — a recent study found high levels of lead in the soil of several NYC parks, surpassing the EPA’s soil cleanup value of 400 milligrams of lead per kilogram of soil. Soil samples from Long Island City in Queens and Greenpoint in Brooklyn averaged 540 mg/kg and 450 mg/kg, respectively."
July 8, 2022. Times Free Press. EPA steps up lead cleanup in Chattanooga neighborhoods."Eight neighborhoods are targeted. [...] The soil in the neighborhoods was contaminated over the past century from residue generated at more than 60 iron, brass and bronze foundries that operated in Chattanooga for nearly a century until the 1980s, officials have said."
Jul 16, 2022. LancasterOnline. Manheim Borough Council to send letter about lead dangers to landlords. " 'We wouldn’t inspect all the rental housing stock at once; inspections would be phased-in,' Phillips said. 'Education alone won’t do it. Unless we have inspections (for rental units), we won’t have results,' resident Donna Hlavacek said. 'Landlords who keep up with maintenance and who repaint their units after a tenant moves out really shouldn’t see an issue with a lead inspection. But for those who do have a lead issue, we can work with them on remediation,' Kaufhold said."
July 18, 2022. Providence Journal. RI attorney general sues 5 RI landlords over alleged lead poisoning hazards. "Rhode Island has sued five more landlords who rent properties in which children with lead poisoning live, the state attorney general said Monday. The three properties in Providence, one in Central Falls, and one in Newport all contain “significant lead hazards" and the landlords have failed to comply with state lead poisoning prevention laws, Attorney General Peter Neronha said in a statement."
July 22, 2022. Sun Journal Lead test results for five more Auburn schools released this week. "Lead concentration results from water fixtures in five more Auburn schools became available online this week, revealing several dozen more faucets and fountains in the district with levels above the state's recommended threshold. The attorney general has filed 17 lawsuits since last fall against landlords who have failed to fully address alleged lead violations on their properties."
Jul 21, 2022. Daily Journal.com. EPA proposes cleanup plans for Washington County. "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed interim cleanup plans for groundwater in private, domestic drinking water wells at residential properties at the Washington County Lead District (WCLD) Superfund Sites in southeastern Missouri. The WCLD includes four sites on the national priorities list (NPL): Furnace Creek, Old Mines, Potosi and Richwoods. The proposed plans call for the installation of point-of-use treatment systems with institutional controls and health education as an interim action. EPA will continue the remedial investigation and feasibility study process in order to review potential alternatives to remediating the aquifer that is the source of the contaminated well water, and to identify a final remedy."
July 24, 2022. Inside Climate News. In Atlanta, Work on a New EPA Superfund Site Leaves Black Neighborhoods Wary, Fearing Gentrification. "The EPA wants to test soil for lead contamination in two historically Black neighborhoods on Atlanta’s west side. Residents, eyeing the creep of gentrification, worry that the cleanup is part of an effort to push them out."
JULY 23, 2022. Tri-County Citizen. Chesaning village may have to resort to water shutoffs."During the Tuesday, July 19 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, trustee Phil Larner reported how difficult it’s been to get Chesaning water customers to respond to the notices sent out for lead and copper service line testing. Larner explained that the village initially sent out 220 notices to randomly selected water customers. Only 37 percent of those receiving notices responded. They sent out a second round of notices and received fewer than the first round."
Building health equity through housing policies: critical reflections and future directions for research. "Housing may be at once the most powerful and underused tool at our disposal to improve population health. Using examples from the USA, we argue that current levels of housing insecurity are the result of clear and inequitable policy choices, leading to the entrenchment of health inequities—particularly, across race and class. Solutions to housing insecurity must, therefore, be structural. The COVID-19 pandemic has opened a window of opportunity for these structural housing policy reforms." Thanks to Ohio Lead Free Kids Coalition.
JULY 25, 2022. MedXpress. Effects of lead poisoning may be reversible with early-childhood enrichment. "Lead exposure in early childhood can lead to severe cognitive and behavioral impairments in children that last well into adolescence and adulthood. Although researchers have looked at effects of early life lead exposure on a small number of genes involved in learning, memory, and brain development, research was lacking as to the full extent of the toxicity. New research from Thomas Jefferson University shows that over 3,500 genes in the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in learning and memory are affected by lead poisoning. The work also shows that providing animals with stimulating environments early in life can reverse the large majority of these genetic changes, reinforcing the potentially important role of early-childhood education in combating the effects of lead poisoning." More here and here.
July 25, 2022 EcoRI. Get the Lead Out: A Lethargic Work in Progress. "Critics say Rhode Island’s efforts are taking too long and placing an unfair burden on low-wealth families and marginalized communities."
July 25, 2022. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. lMilwaukee looks to raise penalties for landlords who don't comply with lead removal directives. "Milwaukee landlords who don't comply with requirements to remove lead from their properties would face harsher penalties under new legislation that is headed to the Common Council on Thursday. 'We want to raise up the landlords that are compliant, doing a great job providing excellent housing in our community, and then we need to push the ones that aren't,' said Common Council President José G. Pérez, who put forward the legislation." More here
July 25, 2022. Common Dreams. Khanna Calls Biden EPA, FAA Refusal to Join Hearing on Lead in Children's Blood 'Unconscionable' " 'I would expect this of the previous administration, but not this one.' " [....] "U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna on Monday called out the Biden administration for not participating in an upcoming congressional hearing about leaded aviation fuel harming human health and the environment." CLASH's Collaborator EarthJustice commented on this Hearing. The hazards of AvGas could be an issue for Clevelanders in the discussion of the future of Burke Airport.
July 29, 2022. 620WTMJ. The city of Milwaukee and the CDC disagree on lead poisoning level guidelines "But when it comes to the guidelines of what lead poisoning levels would be in children, the city and CDC disagree. The CDC says that the actionable blood lead level in children is 3.5 micrograms per deciliter. However, the city of Milwaukee’s actionable blood lead level in children is 5 micrograms per deciliter. Coalition On Lead Emergency Chair Richard Diaz says those inconsistencies in actionable blood lead levels are putting children’s lives at risk."
Jun 12, 2022. Buffalo News. The Editorial Board: A major lead contamination complaint ends with minor results. The poisoning continues. "This rental home at 952 Northampton St. in Buffalo is one of three that its previous owner, Angel Dalfin, abandoned more than a year ago. Dalfin is a fugitive, authorities say. His property manager, Paul R. Heil, was sentenced to probation and fined $15,000 last week for lead paint violations. A bad landlord and an inept – at best – manager endangered the lives of dozens of Buffalo children. Consequences? Not much."
June 13, 2022. Elmira Star Gazette. Lead exposure a real risk in NY: How medical students are partnering with Elmira residents. "In response to the threat, LECOM is partnering with Arnot Health, the Economic Opportunity Program and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield to provide free lead screening clinics for Head Start children and others. BlueCross BlueShield is providing the funding, EOP is offering the space and LECOM is providing the manpower in the form of family medicine students who will volunteer on a rotating basis."
Jun. 13, 2022. Syracuse.com. NY Attorney General shuts down Syracuse landlord accused of exposing kids to lead poisoning. "Syracuse, N.Y. — A Syracuse landlord accused of exposing kids to lead poisoning has been banned from owning or managing residential properties in New York state. That action is part of a settlement of a lawsuit by NY Attorney General Letitia James against landlord John Kiggins and his company Endzone Properties Inc., who were accused of repeatedly violating lead paint laws."
June 14, 2022. Chicago Sun-Times. City should address peeling lead-based paint in Southwest Side viaducts "Lead is bad news for the healthy development of children, and lead-poisoning cases are most common on the South and West sides. [...] It wouldn’t hurt for the health and transportation departments to look over what residents found, publicly address their uneasiness and fix the viaducts to eliminate those feelings of being unsafe."
JUNE 20, 2022. Michigan Advance. Column: To achieve justice, our fight against lead poisoning has to go beyond prevention. "Advocates from across the state met with legislators to talk about the impact of lead on our families and communities and solutions that make all of us safer and healthier. Direct lead poisoning prevention and response are critical, but state policymakers also must understand and address lead within a larger context of racial and disability justice."
Jun. 15, 2022. 1011 Now. Lead Safe Initiative set to launch in July. "LINCOLN, Neb. (Press Release) - Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and officials with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) and the City Urban Development Department kicked off Lead Safe Lincoln on Wednesday. The project is an initiative to reduce the risk of lead exposure in children through expanded testing, and the identification and removal of lead hazards in homes." More here.
Jun 16, 2022. Press Release. Senate Passes Baker, Yudichak Legislation to Protect Children from Lead Poisoning." The Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously passed legislation that takes a significant step forward to protect children from lead poisoning, according to the bill’s prime sponsors, Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) and Senator John Yudichak (I-14). Senate Bill 522 is bi-partisan legislation that seeks to ensure that all pregnant women and all children in Pennsylvania receive blood tests to detect lead poisoning. Effects of lead poisoning are irreversible and severe, including neurological and developmental disabilities. No level of lead is safe for children, and symptoms may not present themselves until it is too late."
Jun 16, 2022. WTHI-News. New rule in Indiana is helping protect children from lead poisoning. "To help protect children from lead poisoning, Indiana has adopted a new emergency rule. The law lowers the threshold of when public health agencies have to address high blood levels in kids. Health officials must provide services for kids with high lead levels by notifying a doctor and testing other kids in the household."
June 17, 2022. Tap Into South Brunswick. South Brunswick Introduces Lead Paint Inspection Ordinance for Rental Spaces "The South Brunswick Township Council has introduced an ordinance that would require lead paint inspections for certain rental spaces. The ordinance was introduced at the last council meeting on Tuesday, June 14th. Last year, the state passed a law that would require municipalities that conduct housing inspections, such as South Brunswick, to also inspect properties for lead paint. The law pertains to single-family, two-family, and multiple dwelling rental spaces. The ordinance introduced by the council would meet the standards set by the state. The law was aimed at preventing lead poisoning in children. Exposure to lead in young children has been linked to lower IQs, slow growth, learning disabilities, and speech problems, according to the CDC."
HHS has just created an Office of Environmental Justice OEJ is organizationally located within HHS' Office of Climate Change and Health Equity, a component of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. Press Release.
JUN. 07, 2022. Shepherd Express. Richard Diaz fights for families with lead poisoning. "Three thousand, nine-hundred and twelve children up to the age of six were reported being poisoned by lead in Wisconsin in 2018—and that’s with a testing rate of only 10 percent of children. The fact is simple. There is not enough being done in Wisconsin to prevent lead poisoning and to help families who are being lead poisoned. 'There is no safe exposure level,' says Richard Diaz, founding member of the Coalition on Lead Emergency (COLE), a volunteer-run group advocating for policy and funding to address the lead crisis. 'Even the lowest blood lead levels can affect the developing brain and central nervous system having irreversible effects.' Lead exposure has been shown to cause diminished academic abilities, increased attention deficits and damaging behaviors. Unfortunately, communities of color and lower-income residents are impacted most by lead."
Jun 7, 2022 Olean Times Herald 2 Olean homeowners face fines for not removing lead paint. "Two Olean homeowners are each facing $600 fines in separate lead paint abatement cases brought by the Cattaraugus County Health Department. The Cattaraugus County Board of Health approved the fine recommendations by Administrative Law Judge David Porter at last week’s meeting. In each case, the homeowner was cited by the health department because a young child in the home tested positive for lead."
June 8, 2022. Times Herald-Record. Newburgh woman shares her child's experience with lead poisoning. "Gabrielle Burton-Hill of Newburgh talks about the importance of safe drinking water and shares her daughter's experience with lead poisoning."
Jun 07, 2022. WKBW. Buffalo landlord pleads guilty to knowingly exposing tenants to unsafe levels of lead "A Buffalo landlord has pleaded guilty to knowingly exposing tenants to unsafe levels of lead. The Erie County District Attorney's Office announced that 54-year-old MD J. Abedin pleaded guilty Tuesday in Buffalo City Court to one count of willful violation of health laws, public health law section 12-B (1), an unclassified misdemeanor. This is the second case to be prosecuted by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office since the law was enacted in 2014,"
June 6, 2022. Public News Service. 'It's Preventable': PA Campaign Urges Action on Lead Poisoning. "Advocates have launched a new push focused on getting Pennsylvania lawmakers to pass legislation that protects children from lead-paint poisoning. The percentage of Pennsylvania kids with high lead levels is among the nation's worst, twice the national average. Part of that is connected to the state's old housing stock, with 70% of homes being built before 1978, when consumer-use of lead-based paint was banned."
June 9th 2022. WICV. Tioga County Reports 30 Cases of Child Lead Poisoning. "30 children in Tioga County had lead poisoning this past year, according to the Tioga County Public Health Department. Health officials said the number is a significant increase from previous years, but is mostly attributed to a 2019 change in New York State public health regulations. Previously, a lead-blood level of 15 micrograms per deciliter meant a child had lead poisoning -- now, that level has been reduced to 5."
Jun 10, 2022. Chicago Sun Times. In Southwest Side viaducts, peeling paint contains toxic levels of lead. But is it a hazard? "Alejandra Frausto, a mother and former teacher at nearby Eberhart Elementary School, wondered about that stuff for years. Then, her sixth-grade science students finished a project three years ago. It found that the paint used in the viaducts contains brain-damaging lead at levels hundreds of times higher than what would be considered safe for house paint."
June 11, 2022. UPMC. NOW – Episode 59. "In episode 59 of UPMC NOW, celebrate the opening of a new Matt’s Maker Space at UPMC Western Behavioral Health, find out how a lead poisoning prevention team in Central Pa. is keeping children in the community safe, and see how medical staff rally together to overcome racism and systemic injustice." (start at 2:07)
June 8th 2022. Erie News Now. County Health Department Focused On Lead Poisoning. "The Jamestown Housing committee heard from the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services about an issue plaguing the city, lead poisoning. Lisa Schmidtfrerick-Miller presented to the committee the Health Department’s Healthy Housing Program, and its goal of reducing the egregious amount of lead poisoning cases in Jamestown."
May 2, 2022. NPR. Known to be toxic for a century, lead still poisons thousands of Midwestern kids. "Parents often blame themselves for their children's lead poisoning, Lanphear said. And there are steps families can take to avoid lead and other contaminants: adding landscaping to bare soil, dusting surfaces, avoiding plastic and canned foods. But he said it's primarily up to federal health officials." More Here.
May 2, 2022. Georgia Law News. Taking the lead in defending youngsters from lead in Georgia – SaportaReport.
Park Center for Independent Media. Journalists Speak on Collaboration and Democracy at 2022 Izzy Award. "Jeff Cohen, founding director of PCIM, introduced reporter Greg B. Smith of THE CITY. Smith’s investigations uncovered the negligence of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), which has lead to a long history of dangerous living conditions, disrepair, and lead poisoning. Smith said “One of the major issues I ran into while poking into this story was the issue of lead paint” in apartments that were considered to be lead free." More here.
May 3, 2022. Press Release. Governor Lamont Hails Final Legislative Approval of His Proposal Strengthening Connecticut’s Standards on Childhood Lead Poisoning.
May 3rd 2022. Channel 21. The dangers of living with lead, one family's story. "The Lead Safe Program has made over 800 homes safe from the toxin since 1995. It offers assistance to low and moderate-income families, as well as Rental Property Owners and organizations in making their buildings free of lead for the wellbeing of children. Applications can be found here."
May 5, 2022. EHS Daily Advisor. Avoiding Lead Paint Renovation Fines. "The EPA is serious about compliance, especially when it comes to home renovations containing lead-based paint. 'Reducing childhood lead exposure and the associated health impacts is a top priority for EPA,” states an EPA news release. “That’s why EPA inspectors will be working actively in overburdened communities … to encourage greater compliance with the federal Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.'
May 6 2020. CentralMaine.com. Farmington-area schools canceled Friday due to high lead levels discovered in pipes. "All schools in Regional School Unit 9 were closed Friday due to elevated levels of lead in water fixtures.Superintendent Chris Elkington said that late Thursday afternoon the district “received the results of the water testing we had completed at the end of March,” according to a letter shared on the district’s Facebook page late Thursday night." More here.
May 6, 2022. WPRI. Neronha sues 2 landlords after kids get lead poisoning. Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha has sued landlords in Pawtucket and Woonsocket for “significant lead hazards” that led to the poisoning of two children. The Pawtucket rental property is located on Garden Street and was found to have multiple violations inside and outside the three-unit home, according to the AG’s office. The R.I. Department of Health (RIDOH) inspected the property after a child living there suffered lead poisoning. The AG’s office said the owner was issued two warnings and took no action to remediate the hazards. The owners of a multi-family home on Ward Street in Woonsocket were also sued for noncompliance after a child got lead poisoning. Violations were found inside and outside the building, according to the AG’s office, and the owners failed to resolve the issues after two warnings. More here.
May. 24, 2022. Cleveland.com. Cleveland City Council approves spending $17 million for lead safety in homes: Stimulus Watch
Lead Safe Advisory Board may have met last Thursday. Details when we get them.
May 24, 2020. WBEZ, Grow tomatoes, not carrots and other tips for keeping lead out of your garden produce. "In a recent study, Andrew Margenot, a University of Illinois crop sciences researcher took 2,000 soil samples from across Chicago backyards and parkways and found the city’s median soil lead level is 220 parts per million (ppm) — that’s ten times higher than the 20 ppm natural level. Margenot also found that 20 percent of the city exceeds the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s safe limit of 400 ppm for growing crops, and all of the city is well above the California EPA state limit of 80 ppm. Some areas on the South and West Sides exceed 1,000 ppm."
May 25, 2022. Seeking Alpha. Municipal Impact Investing: Bonds That Transform Our Communities. "Newark is one of the few success stories out there. And back in 2019, they brought a $120 million bond to market to do a full service-line replacement. It not only married the funding that they were able to get from the municipal bond market, but they were also able to pair that along with the political necessities as well. So, this meant that they were able to pass state and local legislation that'll allow them to use public monies on private property. And on top of that, they also passed legislation that allowed them to go on to private properties, so that they would be able to just go forward and make these lead service line replacements without having to wait for a homeowner's consent. And this was so important to the success of this project that it lowered the amount of time that it took from eight to ten years down to being completed in three years."
May 23, 2022. Lafayette Journal & Courier. Lead poisoning-related case increase anticipated once reporting standards increase "Once an Indiana law takes effect this summer, a new position within the Tippecanoe County Health Department will address what could be a 400-percent increase in lead-poisoning cases. Earlier this year, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed House Bill 1313 into law, effective July 1, that aims to bring state standards for children’s blood lead levels closer in line with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ standards and would require health care providers to screen every child under the age of 6 for lead."
May 27, 2022. WSHU. EPA announces lead inspection sweep in Fairfield, New Haven and Hartford counties. "Inspectors with the EPA, as well as state and local health officials, will check compliance with federal regulations at renovation job sites involving housing and child care facilities built before 1978. Field staff will also be checking that landlords are providing prospective tenants with proper, federally mandated disclosure about the presence of lead-based paint. The EPA anticipates it will pursue enforcement actions, if necessary."
Environmental Health Watch. California Assembly and Senate approve bills to improve prevention of lead poisoning. "The California Assembly and Senate today approved two bills that would take important steps toward the prevention of lead poisoning. Assembly Bill 2326, authored by Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-Colton), would improve communications between laboratories testing blood samples for lead and health care providers. Blood lead levels in children are usually detected in screenings during routine doctor visits. The legislation would require laboratories performing blood lead analyses to provide additional details to the California Department of Public Health and other local agencies to facilitate child case management and assessments of environmental conditions that may contribute to child lead exposure. State agencies would then have the information needed to remove the sources of the child’s lead exposure."
May 26, 2022. NO LEAD LEVEL IS SAFE! RAISING AWARENESS BY WALKING DOOR TO DOOR. "The Chenango County Health Department is launching a lead poisoning awareness initiative. Department representatives will visit eleven communities in the county as part of a program called 'Lead Walk 2022' with the theme 'No Lead Level is Safe.' 'Our staff walks through neighborhoods and places door hangers with information about the dangers of lead poisoning,' said Heather Miller, Supervising Community Health Nurse. During the next few months health officials will visit the City of Norwich, and the towns of Afton, Bainbridge, Earlville, Greene, Guilford, New Berlin, Plymouth, Sherburne and South New Berlin."
May 26, 2022. WRTV. Citizens Energy to replace 2,500 lead customer service lines citizens energy. "Citizens Energy plans to replace 2,500 customer-owner lead service lines in Indianapolis homes over the next five years. The program is estimated to cost more than $22 million. The utility has begun adding a $.50-$.75 charge on utility bills to help fund the program. A spokesperson for Citizens Energy Group estimates there could be more than 50,000 homes in Indianapolis that still utilize lead service lines. The service line runs water from the water main to the customer's house. Customers own that pipe, which can cost thousands to replace."
May 26, 2022. Sentinel News Service. Healthy Families Coalition Demands Action To Protect Kids From Lead Poisoning. "Community leaders, teachers and parents recently launched the Healthy Families Coalition to demand the Los Angeles City Planning and Environmental Health Departments immediately condemn Atlas Metals in Watts. 'For years the City of Los Angeles has ignored the pleas of a community that has been poisoned by lead and endangered by metal projectiles,' said Tim Watkins, president and CEO of Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC). 'What’s the point of having regulations on the books if the city isn’t going to use them to protect nearly 1,000 kids?' ”
MAY 25, 2022. Dallas Observer. Dallas Aimed to Reduce Lead Exposure in Homes. Some $200,000 Later, None Have Been Fixed. "In 2019, the Department of Housing and Urban Development gave Dallas $2.3 million to remove lead-based paint, as well as other health and safety hazards, from homes across the city. Dallas threw in its own money too, $735,000, to implement the program, which aimed to service 121 homes. 'This funding is incredibly important because childhood lead poisoning is the most universal yet preventable environmental health issue in the United States,' Brandon Ayala, the city’s grant manager, said in a press release at the time. 'Our goal is to target families living in homes they suspect may have lead-based paint, and reduce the risk of exposure.' Today, all of the grant money meant to administer the Healthy Homes Lead Reduction Program – $200,000 – has been spent and zero homes have been worked on. It’s also uncertain whether the program will reach anywhere near its initial goal of serving more than 100 homes."
MAY 31, 2022. Kansas Reporter. How the lead industry misled the public about its toxic problem for decades. "Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin. Researchers have known that for decades. But the substance stuck around in everyday products like paint and gasoline for decades. One big reason: The lead industry spent years using racial bias to divert public attention away from the dangers of the toxin and minimized the impact of mounting evidence indicating lead was poisoning children with devastating effects. Gerald Markowitz has authored numerous books and articles about public health, lead poisoning and occupational safety. He is a history professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the City University of New York and an expert in occupational safety and health. In 2002, he co-wrote “Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution,” which describes attempts by the lead industry to deceive Americans about the dangers its products posed to the public. As part of The Missouri Independent and NPR Midwest Newsroom’s collaborative investigation of high levels of lead in children in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, Niara Savage interviewed Markowitz about the lead industry’s tactics and the lasting implications for public perception and policy."
May. 31, 2022. WTVG. Toledo mayor announces lead-safe paint certification deadline for rental property owners. "TOLEDO, Ohio - Mayor Kapszukiewicz announced the first deadline for lead-safe paint certification for rental property owners Tuesday. 'This is serious business because the problem we are dealing with is serious,' said Kapszukiewicz. Mayor Kapszukiewicz was joined by the Director of Housing and Community Development, Rosalyn Clemens, Toledo-Lucas County Health Department Commissioner, Eric Zgodzinski, and Vice President with the Toledo Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition, Juanita Greene to officially announce that the deadline for the first phase of the project is June 30, 2022. 'We’re serious about this,' said Clemens. 'This is a silent crisis in our city.' ” More here. More here.
May 31, 2022. Click on Detroit. Experts dive into why there’s an alarming increase in lead poisoning among children. "Lead poisoning risk for children increases during the summer, and experts say many exposures in Michigan may be going undetected. "Lead poisoning risk for children increases during the summer, and experts say many exposures in Michigan may be going undetected. According to the State Health Department, the number of children who received blood testing for lead decreased from 2019 to 2020, and preliminary data demonstrates testing rates remained low through last year. The change is thought to be attributed to a decrease in well-child visits during the pandemic, leading to many kids missing the screening."
April 3, 2022. Joplin Globe. Missouri House bill would cut down on lead in school drinking water ""The bill, heard last week by the House Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, would require schools to test drinking water, remove old coolers and filter water where lead is found. The goal is drinking water with a lead concentration of less than one part per billion. The state’s current action level for drinking water is 15 times that."
April 3, 2022. KARE 11. St. Paul lead water lines to be fixed with federal dollars. Water customers will be offered free replacement of service lines made of lead, with a major assist from Uncle Sam. "ST PAUL, Minn. — Water customers in Saint Paul who still have lead water service lines have an opportunity to get them replaced free of charge in the coming years. Mayor Melvin Carter announced this week an influx of federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan will make it possible for the St. Paul Regional Water Service to replace lead service lines faster than originally anticipated."
APRIL 04, 2022. Centre Daily Times. Baby has ‘delays’ from high blood lead levels, feds say. "A Pennsylvania landlord has been sentenced after a tenant accused him of not providing the family with a lead hazard pamphlet as required by federal law. This led to a young child developing high levels of lead in his body, prosecutors said. Dennis Morgan, 75, previously owned two residential properties in Sunbury, where he failed to provide at least one of his tenants with a federally-approved lead paint hazard pamphlet, a sentencing memo and Department of Justice April 4 news release said." US Attorney press release.
April 4, 2022. South Bend Tribune. Waste was dumped in a South Bend neighborhood. The soil-based lead will finally be treated. "Neither Honeywell International — whose predecessor is Bendix Corp., the automobile and aviation parts manufacturing company alleged to have dumped trash in the area a century ago — nor the city of South Bend admits any liability for the soil contamination that occurred at the site. Regardless, the two entities will pay to excavate areas of the park and add clean soil this summer as part of a federal environmental program that designates them as 'potentially responsible parties.' "
March 27, 2022. Yahoo News. Poisoned School Water: Data Show High Lead Levels at Half of Montana Schools. "About half of Montana schools that had tested their water by mid-February under a new state rule had high levels of lead, according to state data. But the full picture isn’t clear because fewer than half of the state’s school buildings had provided water samples six weeks after the deadline. For many schools with high lead levels, finding the money to fix the problem will be a challenge. The options aren’t great. They can compete for a dwindling pool of state money, seek federal aid passed last year, or add the repairs to their long lists of capital improvement projects and pay for the work themselves."
Apr 8, 2022. Buffalo News. As case proceeded without him, landlord sold houses where 29 children suffered lead poisoning "At a court hearing Thursday, State Supreme Court Justice Catherine Nugent Panepinto said she will put into receivership the last of Dalfin's properties in the city: three houses on the East Side, including the one where Khan lives. And the judge said she will approve a default judgment banning Dalfin from renting out or managing properties in New York State."
April 7th, 2022. WABE. Researchers offer free lead tests to residents in Westside superfund zone. "Researchers from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Emory University are launching a new study this spring to test the blood of residents on Atlanta’s Westside for lead. More than 2,000 residential properties in the Vine City and English Avenue neighborhoods are part of a superfund area designated for cleanup by the EPA."
Apr 6, 2022. Conway Daily Sun. New children’s book helps parents, kids prevent lead poisoning. "The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the release of “Happy, Healthy, Lead-Free Me!,” a new children’s book aimed at engaging children and educating parents on lead poisoning prevention and the importance of pediatric lead level testing. The book, developed by the Division of Public Health Services with clinical collaboration from the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is available at many pediatric health care provider offices and as a free download at leadfreekidsnh.org/happy-healthy-lead-free-me-resources."
April 8, 2022. City to host grant awareness event, 'Chipper's Party'. "The Council Bluffs Community Development Department will host “Chipper’s Party,” an educational, family-oriented event to increase awareness about the City’s Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program. Chipper’s Party will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 9 at the Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave., in Meeting Room B. Chipper, the program’s mascot, is chipping in to help prevent lead poisoning in Council Bluffs, the city said in a release. Chipper’s Party will feature educational activity stations, prizes, raffles, cotton candy, popcorn, a coloring mural, face painting, balloons and a photo booth with Chipper. The event is free and designed for kids under the age of 6. Siblings are welcome."
April 6, 2022. Daily Yonder. Commentary: What Rural America Can Learn from Puerto Rico About Boosting Vaccination Rates. "Medical and healthcare professionals in rural areas of America need to consistently be out and among the populations who live in the areas that they serve. These “meet and greets”, Q&As, and presentations can include city council and school board meetings; get-togethers at churches, libraries, schools, and popular restaurants; town halls; and appearances at major centers of employment. Webinars should also be available for residents who wouldn’t be able to attend in-person events."
April 11, 2022. KCUR. Known to be toxic for a century, lead still poisons thousands of Midwestern kids. Not much new here, but powerful stories and photos.
April 12, 2022. Penn Today. Lead toxicity risk factors in Philadelphia. "Two studies identify factors that correlate with high blood-lead levels in children, pointing to ongoing environmental justice issues that disproportionately fall on children of color and poorer communities in the city."
April 11, 2022. Great Lakes News. State praised for vow to remove sources of lead from Benton Harbor homes. "The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday announced a goal to remove lead from every affected home in the city — a move that could protect thousands of people from sources of lead potentially more dangerous than the pipes that have taken center stage in the city’s more than three year water contamination crisis."
April 12, 2022. LouisvilleKY.gov. Councilwoman Chambers Armstrong files ordinance to create Lead Abatement Program. "The program would encompass older rental properties in Jefferson County. Councilwoman Cassie Chambers Armstrong (D-8) hosted a press conference on Tuesday, April 12, to announce she filed an ordinance that would create a Lead Abatement Program for all rental properties in Jefferson County. The councilwoman explained that the ordinance, if passed by Metro Council, would require landlords to remove all lead-based hazards from rental properties in an effort to protect the health of Louisville’s children. Councilwoman Cindi Fowler (D-14) is also sponsoring the legislation." More here.
APRIL 2022. ABELL REPORTS. Evaluating the Cost of Lead Hazard Control and Abatement in Baltimore City.
Apr 15, 2022. Olean Times Herald. Olean woman fined $600 for failure to remediate lead paint. "An Olean woman was fined $600 by the Cattaraugus County Board of Health on Wednesday for failing to remediate a hazardous lead paint problem in her home over two years. Administrative judge David Porter, who held a hearing on the charges March 8, recommended a $300 fine be doubled after respondent Traci Ellis of Reed Street failed to attend."
April 14, 2022. WSJM. Federal Legislation Would Seek To Replace Lead Water Lines. "Congressman Dan Kildee has announced new bipartisan legislation designed to protect families from lead in drinking water. The Get the Lead out of Assisted Housing Act would help protect families living in federally assisted housing from lead exposure by requiring the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to inspect for lead service lines. 'It would require us to inventory where those lead lines are to determine exactly how expansive it is beyond that, and then fix the problem,” Kildee said. “It’s a big enough problem that it will take a lot of money to fix it.' Kildee says there’s no safe level of lead and the Flint water crisis taught us that we can’t take the safety of our drinking water for granted. His bill would also create a grant program for local and state governments to address lead contamination and mandate that homes found to have lead paint be checked for lead in water."
APR 16, 2022. News-Press NOW. High rates of lead poisoning found in Missouri children. " 'If I were to give you an example, if you took a sugar packet and dumped it out and divided it in half and did that again, again and again, you would be down to the last little five or six little grains of sugar. That’s all the lead dust that it takes to elevate a child,” Campbell said."
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April 14, 2022. Honolulu Civil Beat. The Navy said there are no indications of "system-wide impacts."News Partner. "Lead has again been detected in water samples taken from three Pearl Harbor area locations, including schools for young children, the Navy announced on Thursday."
Apr 16, 2022. Newser. If Landlords and Insurers Aren't Liable for Lead Paint, Who Is? "A Virginia real estate developer was on a Caribbean vacation when he learned a tenant had won a $2 million judgement against him over lead paint poisoning. 'Bummer,' the man thought, recounts Ellen Gabler for the New York Times, 'How am I going to get out of this?' According to the tenant's lawyer, the developer played a 'corporate shell game,' selling and distributing his assets through his web of LLCs. The tenant, wearied by the litigation, agreed to a $140,000 settlement. Half went to lawyers and the other half into a trust for the disabled child at the heart of the case. As Gabler writes, this is common practice across America, and it's a situation worsened by the fact that many insurers no longer include lead in their policies."
APR 16, 2022. Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Ashley Comans: Wilkinsburg needs a better water authority. "Just a few months earlier, I rallied outside the WPJWA with the Our Water Campaign, demanding the board form a community lead response advisory committee, provide responsive, effective customer assistance, and commit to address high lead levels in the water. As ratepayers, we are customers paying for a service. Is the service we are paying for lead-poisoned water, uncommunicative authority officials, irregular billing and abrupt shut-offs with no notice?"
April 17, 2022. Liberation News Newspaper of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Lead poisoning response in Cleveland provides funds to landlords, but none for victims. "Grassroots organizers have begun filling the gaps left by the government and elites in Cleveland. Undivided Cleveland, a lead advocacy group focused on lead poisoning victims, has been working with Chartela and helping her family get the resources needed to have a stable living situation. 'We want everybody tuned in with Chartela, to see what can be done,” said Tanis Quach, an organizer with Undivided Cleveland. 'There are countless people living with lead poisoning here. We want to create a system to help family after family … There are masses of people who want to get involved, who just are not aware.' "
Apr. 18, 2022. Cleveland.com. Cleveland Heights mayor touts Lead Safe initiative in first quarterly ‘State of the City’ update. 'Lead paint is a huge threat to children -- it impedes their cognitive development,' Seren said. 'The city has a moral obligation to implement a solution that works for all of us, including homeowners and landlords who might need help paying for lead paint removal.' With that in mind, council has scheduled a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. April 25 dealing with lead safety certification in order to hear from all parties concerned."
Apr. 18, 2022. Cleveland.com. EPA administrator, HUD secretary tout federal investments in lead remediation during Cleveland visit "U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan Monday pointed to the high rates of lead poisoning among Cleveland children, particularly minority kids living in poverty, as an 'unacceptable' harm that the federal government is attempting to fix through the bipartisan infrastructure bill."
April 18, 2022. Ideastream. Cleveland has the money to address the city's lead problem. Now what to do about it? "Local groups, including Cleveland Lead Advocates for Safe Housing, had previously called on the Bibb administration to appoint a "lead czar" to speed up the lead abatement in the city and screen more children for lead. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 34% fewer children had their blood lead levels screened in 2020 compared to 2019." More here
April 21, 2022. Canton Repository Lead Safe Canton has one project done, many to go. "About a year after Lead Safe Canton began, the city has completed only one lead abatement project. Community Development Director Rollin Seward said people might have been hesitant to invite inspectors and contractors into their homes amidst the pandemic. But he encourages more residents to apply for the city's lead and other housing programs. 'We have money to spend,' Seward said."
April 18, 2022. Newport Daily News. As more children in Newport test positive for lead poisoning, here's what the city is doing. "Children in the city tested positive for lead poisoning at a higher rate last year than in neighboring communities, Councilor Lynn Underwood Ceglie told her fellow Newport Council members Wednesday evening. That's why she sponsored a resolution to boost the city’s enforcement and prevention efforts when it comes to lead paint and pipes in local homes. The measure passed on a 6-1 vote. 'We need to look at this in a comprehensive way because 20 children (positive for lead poisoning in 2021) out of 260 (tested) is too many,” Ceglie said. “It’s come to the attention of the state, and I think we need to do a better job of making sure landlords have their certificates.' ”
Apr 18, 2022. KPVI. Bipartisan effort aims to eradicate lead from public housing across US. "U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., and the two Democratic senators representing Illinois are partnering to protect public housing residents in both states, and across the country, from potential lead contamination in their homes. The bipartisan group of lawmakers recently filed the "Get the Lead Out of Assisted Housing Act" to give the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) more tools to identify and remediate lead in paint, water pipes and other areas."
19 April 2022. Orleans Hub. Health Dept. warns that lead exposure increases in spring, summer. "Lastly, many home improvements begin in the spring and summer. Renovations to areas of the home containing lead-based paint can put lead dust into the air, both inside and outside of the area being worked on. Lead dust can also collect on windowsills and in window wells. On warm days when the window is open, lead dust in these areas can blow into the house."
APR. 19, 2022. Spectrum News. Buffalo Public Schools addresses possible lead exposure. "Buffalo Public Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Tonja Williams announced the Buffalo Lead Free Initiative intended to help children get tested for possible lead poisoning. The announcement comes as the district’s retired chief engineer, James Reid, filed a complaint with the state Attorney General’s Office, alleging the director of plant services ordered 'pre-stagnation flushing' of water lines ahead of lead testing, which is against New York state laws. Williams said the district denies allegations of pre-stagnation flushing. The district’s director of health and safety, Yvette Gordon, said all protocols were followed when any lead was found in water samples." More here.
April 20, 2022 90. 5 WESA. American Rescue Plan dollars go towards replacing hundreds of lead lines in Pittsburgh. "Workers remove a lead service line in Highland Park and replace with it with one made out of plastic. The Pittsburgh Water and Sewage Authority says it wants to replace all public lead lines in the city by 2026. The American Rescue Plan is funding the replacement of some 750 public lead lines in Pittsburgh, according to the Pittsburgh Water and Sewage Authority. The money for this $17 million project comes out of the City of Pittsburgh’s pot of $355 million it was allotted from last year’s $1.9 trillion federal stimulus package.
Apr 20, 2022. Fox 59. IUPUI and nonprofit team up to tackle one of the most dangerous threats to kids: Lead poisoning. "IUPUI and the nonprofit ‘Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’ are working together to tackle one of the most dangerous threats to children– lead poisoning. An estimated 3.6 million American homes with at least one child have significant lead hazards.
That’s why ‘Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’ and IUPUI are launching a lead pilot program. And they just received a $10,000 grant from CareSource Indiana to get started."
APRIL 21, 2022 WFYI. Can greenspaces mitigate lead exposure? A new study aims to find out. "What was once an abandoned lot on Indianapolis’ Far Eastside is now home to newly planted trees, vegetable beds and walking paths. The rehabbed lot is part of a pilot project and research study to determine if transforming these spaces can mitigate lead exposure. The study, led by researchers at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, will examine whether the newly placed mulch, plants and grasses will decrease people’s likelihood of interacting with the contaminated soil. Researchers have periodically taken soil samples at the lot to test them for the presence of lead. The results of this study could determine the locations of future green spaces."
APRIL 21. 2022. Gig Harbor News. Data on lead in Donkey Creek slows to a trickle."Donkey Creek is an unprepossessing-looking stream, but glamour isn’t everything. The small salmon-bearing creek is well-known and well-liked by locals and visitors. The waterway takes an annual star turn when fish fans venture to its banks for the Donkey Creek Chum Festival, a celebration of the salmons’ return to the stream where they were born, to spawn and die. Many locals may not know that Donkey Creek — and North Creek, a prime stream originating just uphill — figure prominently in 20-year-long efforts to measure and mitigate lead poisoning of threatened habitats for salmon, the Pacific Northwest’s totemic fish."
April 21, 2022. WFYI. Young backs bill to protect public housing residents from lead in drinking water. "U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) is sponsoring a bill to protect people living in public housing from lead in drinking water. Among other things, the proposed bill – Get the Lead Out of Assisted Housing Act – would require those who maintain public housing to test for lead, notify residents if it was found, and help reduce their lead exposure through things like water filters. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would also have to test drinking water as part of grant programs to clean up homes with lead paint. It would also prohibit the agency from allowing partial lead pipe replacements. Debbie Chizewer is the managing attorney for the group Earthjustice for their Midwest office. She said a lot of federally-assisted housing has too many exposures to lead — not only in the drinking water and paint, but in the soil around many of the homes."
April 24. 2022. KCRG. EPA fines Missouri home renovators for alleged lead-based paint violations. "Two Missouri home renovation companies have agreed to pay almost $10,000 collectively in penalties to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to resolve alleged violations of the federal Toxic Substances Control Act. According to EPA, Swedlund Construction LLC of St. Louis and Rozell Siding and Windows Inc. of Springfield failed to comply with regulations intended to reduce the hazards of lead-based paint exposure during renovations. In both cases, EPA alleged that the companies failed to obtain EPA renovator certification and failed to assign a certified renovator prior to performing renovations. EPA says that Swedlund Construction also failed to comply with multiple safety practices while performing renovations, such as containing the spread of renovation dust and debris as well as warning occupants and other people to remain outside the worksite. Rozell Siding and Windows also failed to provide notification of renovation requirements to property owners and failed to maintain required paperwork, according to EPA."
APRIL 25, 2022 CBS LOS ANGELES Concerns over lead contamination at Jordan High School in Watts prompts new coalition. "Educators and community leaders announced a new coalition with the aim to end what they said is a possible lead contamination risk to students at Jordan High School in Watts from a nearby scrapyard. Jordan High has been in Watts since 1923 and it's neighbor, S&W Atlas Iron and Metal Company, has been there for the last 26 years. 'Here's where the poison is. Here's where the threat is. This is no longer a misperception,' said Tim Watkins, President and CEO of Watts Action Committee. "
APRIL 25, 2022. Missouri Independent. Missouri Senate overwhelmingly approves bill requiring schools test, filter water for lead. Missouri would stand apart from Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska by requiring testing and remediation. Schools in Missouri would be required to test drinking water for lead, and install filters if it’s above safe levels, under a bill that won near-unanimous approval Monday in the state Senate."
Apr 26 2022 VT Digger. Rutland landlord admits in court that residential properties violate lead law. A Rutland landlord has admitted to violating the state’s lead law after two of his child tenants were found to have lead poisoning. The landlord, John Ruggiero, acknowledged the civil violation in a court settlement with the state, according to Rutland Superior Court records. Superior Judge Helen Toor approved the settlement agreement on April 18 and ordered Ruggiero to undertake several actions, including immediately bringing several rental properties into compliance with the lead law and not renting any noncompliant vacant units until they comply. Ruggiero was also ordered to pay the state a civil penalty of $3,000. He could be liable for an additional $7,000 if he does not follow the court orders. "
APRIL 27, 2022. Star Tribune. Minneapolis officials say it's time to take lead out of homes. "Mayor Jacob Frey announced that more than 3,000 school-age children, the majority of whom are students of color, have been poisoned by lead. [...] in 2021, the number of new children with lead poisoning rose 15% from the year before, the first increase in a decade, partly because families stayed home more during the pandemic, Mayor Jacob Frey said during his State of the City address earlier this week. In 2021, about 90 Minneapolis children tested positive for lead, according to city officials. And that increase came as fewer children were getting tested amid the pandemic. The mayor wants to spend $3 million of the city's remaining $43 million federal pandemic relief money to end childhood lead poisoning in Minneapolis by 2035."
April 30, 2022. Morristown Daily Record. Parsippany taps residents to inspect, self-report lead pipes in their homes. "Parsippany is one of several towns directing residents to inspect and report possible lead pipes in their water-service lines following a new state law to eliminate the toxic metal from its water supply by 2031. 'Your participation is needed,' reads a survey recently mailed to all Parsippany residents. The four-page survey includes detailed steps and illustrations for residents to follow to inspect their lines for lead or galvanized steel that may contain lead."
March 1, 2022. WESA. Pittsburgh moves forward with rental property inspection program "Pittsburgh landlords will soon have to register their rental properties and submit to regular inspects by the city under a new program, officials announced Tuesday. The program, which was approved by City Council in November, will begin to take shape in May. Structures built prior to 1978 — or structures with portions built before that time — will also be inspected for lead dust."
25 Feb 2022. TNJ Channel 4 News via Youtube. Potentially thousands of children in WI are falling behind in lead testing. "A test that detects lead poisoning in children has been under recall for seven months. It means more children, especially those at-risk of lead poisoning, have missed getting lead tested." This is a really important story!
March 1, 2022. Daily Call. Schenectady County creating new position to address concerns over lead. "SCHENECTADY — Months after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lowered its standard for blood lead levels in children 5 and under, the Schenectady County Legislature on Monday took the first step in hiring a specialist to handle an expected increase in children testing for elevated levels of lead. The CDC in October lowered the allowable blood lead level standard from 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood to 3.5, a move that would allow more children between the ages of 1 and 5 with lead in their system to receive treatment and give local health departments the ability to locate and remediate the source of exposure. “ 'Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. No safe blood lead level in children has been identified,' the CDC wrote in its decision to lower the levels. 'Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to reduce a child’s learning capacity, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement.' The new standard comes at a time when testing for lead has dropped significantly due to the pandemic, an issue exacerbated last year by a recall issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration pertaining to a device commonly used by doctors to test for elevated blood lead levels. The device provided results within minutes using either a finger or heel prick. Without it, parents seeking to have their children tested for lead must travel to a 3rd-party lab to have a sample drawn through a vein, which has created barriers for those lacking transportation, according to Erin Roberts, a spokeswoman for Schenectady County Public Health. A new device has since hit the market but is still not widely available due to supply-chain issues."
March 3, 2022. Fox61. Lamont proposes legislation to fight childhood lead poisoning. "The proposed legislation will help reduce risks associated with lead poisoning in children. The bill would have the Connecticut Department of Public Health to require more frequent testing of children living in cities and towns where exposure to lead is most common. Officials say these changes will ensure that families with children who have unsafe blood levels receive educational materials, inspection and home repairs for the children's homes and required care for the children with unsafe blood levels. About $70 million in funding will come from the American Rescue Act, which was passed by Congress last year to help the country's recover from the pandemic. This project will use local contractors and help municipal costs associated with lead poisoning and help property owners and landlords in vulnerable communities practice lead abatement before a child is harmed."
MARCH 2, 2022. Kaiser Health News. Dangerous Levels of Lead Were Found in the Water of About Half the Schools Tested in Montana. "About half of Montana schools that had tested their water by mid-February under a new state rule had high levels of lead, according to state data. But the full picture isn’t clear because fewer than half of the state’s school buildings had provided water samples six weeks after the deadline."
March 3, 2022. Construction workers may unknowingly bring home toxic metals. "Beyond the well-known danger of lead, construction workers may unintentionally pick up other harmful, toxic metals at work and inadvertently bring them home. The Harvard Take Home Study evaluated samples collected in 30 homes of workers living with a child in the greater Boston area to identify potential home exposure. Construction workers' homes had higher levels of arsenic, chromium, copper, lead, manganese, nickel and tin when compared to janitorial and auto workers in the study. Lead poisoning in children that results from dust unknowingly brought home by a worker is commonly called 'take home exposure.' But workers can bring other metals home, and there are no clear guidelines to gauge the safety levels of those metals even though they can cause health problems."
Mar. 28, 2022. cleveland.com. Cuyahoga County announces another $30.6 million in ARPA spending. "$1.8 million to bolster the county’s lead mitigation efforts. Over 80 percent of county homes were built before 1978, meaning they could have remnants of lead paint. As the paint ages and cracks, it releases lead dust that can cause serious and permanent harm to a child’s development. The county has already committed $4 million over five years to help educate the community about the dangers of lead paint, but the additional funding will help with remediation efforts."
Mar. 28, 2022. cleveland.com. Mayor Justin Bibb seeks to create Center for Economic Recovery, where outside strategists would help guide Cleveland’s use of historic federal aid, "*Next, the Center would evaluate those ideas. The evaluation would be guided by the mayor’s spending priorities. Davy said Bibb would choose what broad, systemic problems he’d want to address with the money, and the Center would determine which proposals could help tackle them. The Center would score proposals using “objective criteria.” (One example might be lead poisoning. The mayor would identify that as one of his priorities, and the Center would determine which proposals would most effectively prevent such poisoning.)"
February 25, 2022. YouTube. How to Pass the Cleveland Lead Paint Inspection & Get Lead Safe Certification | Ask James Wise 57 "In the 57th episode of The Ask James Wise Show, Cleveland landlord and HoltonWise CEO James Wise explains the 10 step process a Cleveland landlord needs to go through to obtain a Cleveland lead based paint certificate for all of their rental properties. If you or someone you know is a Cleveland landlord or a Cleveland area real estate agent selling rental properties in the city of Cleveland, Ohio this lead certification process applies to you." To be entirely clear, CLASH does not endorse the Holton-Wise info-promo. See this story for some insight into H-W's "credibility"
Apr. 01, 2022. Cleveland.com. Mayor Justin Bibb announces pick for senior lead strategist, other key hires. "Mayor Justin Bibb Friday announced three key hires in his administration: senior strategist for lead, chief ethics officer and the director of Cleveland’s Office of Equal Opportunity. "Bibb appointed Karen Dettmer to a new position overseeing his administration’s efforts on combating lead poisoning. Dettmer has worked for the Cleveland Department of Public Health since 2016, and most recently served as program manager for the city’s Lead Safe Living program, working on lead prevention efforts, lead inspection and other health initiatives. In her new role as senior strategist, Dettmer 'will focus on improving the communication and coordination across city departments responsible for addressing the lead problem as well as connecting with community outreach programs,' according to a city news release."
MAR 14, 2022. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Under a new threshold, the number of Pa. children with high lead levels is expected to almost double. "With the new level of 3.5 micrograms per deciliter applied for this year, almost double the number of children across the Commonwealth are expected to test positive, said Colleen McCauley, co-chair of the Lead-Free Promise Project and health policy director for Children First."
MARCH 28, 2022. Gothamist. After 5-month delay, NYC health department adopts new federal rules on childhood lead exposure "In 2019, the City Council passed legislation requiring the city’s health department to follow any changes in what the CDC calls its “blood lead reference value” — essentially an indicator for when local health departments should intervene to provide treatment and cut off the source of exposure. That shift came in October, when the CDC lowered its reference value from 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood to 3.5 micrograms. But New York City officials did not immediately adopt the new guidance, despite the legal requirement from the City Council. After nearly five months of public pressure by public health advocates, the New York City Health Department moved to adopt the CDC’s new reference level of 3.5 micrograms, according to a department spokesperson."
March 29, 2022, NYT via PolitPost. How 2 Industries Stymied Justice for Young Lead Paint Victims. "As J.J. faces an uncertain future, no one has been held responsible so far — the firm that owns the home protected its assets in a tangle of limited liability companies, and the property insurer excluded lead from its coverage. These practices are now the norm across the United States, The New York Times has found, part of a decades-long campaign by the real estate and insurance industries to shield themselves from liability in lead-poisoning cases. The effort has helped allow what is often considered a problem of the past to remain a silent epidemic today." Thanks to Tris and Randy.
March 29, 2022. Milwaukee Neighborhood News. Activists call for federal investigation into Milwaukee’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program. "Milwaukee activists on Monday called for a federal investigation into the city’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program following the end of a state audit that took three years to complete but reached no criminal findings." Here's more.
March 29, 2022. Journalist Resource. How they did it: Tampa Bay Times reporters expose high airborne lead levels at Florida recycling factory "Their 18-month investigation also reveals why regulators failed to correct the problem and its impact on workers and the surrounding community. Johnson decided to look into lead in Hillsborough County public schools and reported in 2018 that school district officials had found elevated levels on some campuses but didn’t tell families for 16 months — until he began asking parents what they knew about the tests. Amid that investigation, a source handed him a state health report showing Hillsborough had the highest number of adults diagnosed with lead poisoning of any of Florida’s 67 counties. The report pointed to an unnamed battery recycler as the key culprit."
March 30, 2022. Santa Monica Daily Press. City Council Can Curb Aircraft Lead From Poisoning Our Children. "The 2021 Santa Clara Leaded Aviation Gasoline Exposure Risk study demonstrates that children living near the Reed–Hillview Airport have toxic levels of lead in their blood. Lead levels matching those found in kids damaged by Flint, Michigan’s infamously contaminated water supply. Yet, the City staff is now renegotiating Atlantic Aviation’s lease to permit selling leaded avgas from the City’s aging underground fuel tanks – at odds with the City Council’s November direction “to cease all storage, distribution, and sale of leaded fuel from equipment and storage tanks owned and operated by the City of Santa Monica … on or before April 1, 2022.”
March 31, 2022. The Detroit News. State expands lead services to all Benton Harbor homes. "In-home lead investigation services can include environmental investigations to identify lead in paint, dust, soil and drinking water hazards. Sequential water sampling to identify lead in drinking water and testing of non-household components such as toys, dishes, furniture will be offered, according to the release. Lead abatement services include full abatement services for lead in paint, dust, soil and drinking water hazards. Pre-2014 bathroom and kitchen faucets used for potable water will be replaced regardless of water sampling results, state officials said."
Apr 1, 2022. Channel 10 News. Lead Free Kids Coalition addresses lead poisoning. "Lawmakers as well as advocates for the Lead-Free Kids Coalition are addressing childhood lead poisoning prevention. Advocates are asking for funding that would help the state solve and prevent these issues."
Apr 2, 2022. Eagle Times. Lovett: Preventing childhood lead poisoning — Part I. "Since Claremont established the prevention of childhood lead poisoning as a community-wide priority in 2016, much has been accomplished. Screening rates improved, earlier intervention measures were taken, and more funding became available to address lead hazards in both homes and the public water distribution system. These accomplishments can be attributed to the collaborative effort between government and the public to protect children from the neurological damage caused by lead poisoning. However, the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic has interrupted our progress. Screening rates have significantly dropped, impacting our ability to identify children who have been poisoned and prevent continued exposure. To reverse this downward trend and build upon the gains we have made, we must re-energize our efforts to protect children from lead poisoning." Author is a commissioner of a local Public Housing Authority.
March 31, 2022. What's Up News. Opinion: It’s time to end the hazard of lead pipes. "In the interest of public health and environmental justice, we cannot wait any longer to definitively address this issue. The time has come to fully rid our water systems of lead. That’s why, with the support of the Senate’s leadership team, I’ve introduced the Lead Poisoning Prevention Act. This important legislation will give new urgency to the replacement of antiquated, unsafe lead pipes. It will help protect the health of all Rhode Islanders. Most of all, it will address a serious threat to the well-being of our children. Author is Rhode Island Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey.
January 24, 2022. Facility Executive. Lead-Based Paint Rule Responsibility Of Property Managers, Affirms EPA. "Property management companies that perform, offer, or claim to perform regulated renovations in pre-1978 housing or child-occupied facilities are required to obtain certification from the EPA and ensure renovations are performed by certified firms and employees. On January 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will proceed on March 21, 2022 to withdraw previously published answers to two Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) concerning property management companies and their compliance responsibility under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Lead Renovation Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule. With the withdrawal of these FAQs, EPA affirms that property management companies (PMCs) that perform, offer, or claim to perform regulated renovations in pre-1978 housing or child-occupied facilities are required to obtain certification from the EPA and ensure that renovations in the homes they manage are performed by certified firms and employees trained to use lead-safe work practices. Withdrawing the PMC FAQs signals that EPA plans to hold both the PMCs and the contractors they hire responsible for compliance if the circumstances indicate that both entities performed or offered to perform renovations for compensation in target housing or child-occupied facilities." Under the Cleveland Lead Safe Certificate Law, the Cleveland Department of Public Health is responsible for enforcing RRP standards.
JANUARY 26TH, 2022. Washington City Paper. Gas Leaks, Mold, and Lead Poisoning Top Concerns at DOEE Hearing. "...D.C. is at risk of losing federal grant funding, including the lead remediation grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Zeisel demanded that the committee ensure that DOEE prioritize residents most at risk of lead poisoning. She urged the Council to reintroduce and pass a 2019 bill to further protect residents from lead contamination. The bill is designed to ensure more careful and frequent housing inspections and greater enforcement of landlord compliance with lead regulations."
January 25, 2022. The Independent. Mother of hospitalised boy shares drawing of superhero taking on ‘lead monster’ with Kamala Harris. Deanna Branch’s son has been poisoned twice by leaking lead pipes. ‘Too many little boys and girls are going through (what my son) went through’ she tells VP. Vice President Kamala Harris visited Milwaukee to promote the $1 trillion infrastructure bill on Monday Activist Deanna Branch said her son’s illness had inspired him to create the picture book as she introduced Ms Harris to a crowd at the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership/BIG STEP program in west Milwaukee on Monday." More here.
January 26, 2022 Plainsmen Post Families spend thousands on bottled water as floors have dangerous levels of lead. "Tenants at Dorchester Court in south London were petrified and forced to shell out for bottled water after reports showed lead levels far beyond the legal limit. Families living in a property in south London say they are living in fear and relying on bottled water after several flats reported lead levels several times above the legal limit. Tenants at Dorchester Court, a private property of about 300 residents, discovered last week that drinking water from two floors tested had levels of lead several times higher than legally allowed."
January 24, 2022. KPIX. Public Awareness Campaign Shows Dangers Of Lead Fuel On Children Living Near Reid-Hillview Airport. "Raising public awareness about the dangerous combination of leaded airplane fuel at San Jose’s Reid-Hillview Airport and the children who live nearby is the goal of a new outreach and education campaign in Santa Clara County. 'The privileged few keep flying their airplanes. The difference is their children are not being subjected to any of this poison,' says Maria Reyes, a spokesperson for the Cassell Neighborhood Association." Has anyone checked lead levels along Burke Lakefront's landing zone?
January 26, 2022. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A community-based program is offering Milwaukee's pregnant women free water delivery to avoid lead poisoning. "Milwaukee's Get the Lead Out Coalition is offering pregnant Milwaukee residents who live in homes with lead laterals the chance to have drinking water delivered to their home for free. The Clean Water for Pregnant People program was initiated last year out of concerns the coronavirus pandemic was overshadowing the city's lead poisoning crisis, according to Robert Penner, who is on the coalition's steering committee." Water filters are another approach.
January 27, 2022. Chicago Crusader. South Side homeowners tired of drinking water tainted with lead. "South Side homeowners are up in arms over the city’s alleged failure to provide them with lead-free water, including one family being forced to drink tainted water because they cannot afford to pay for water filters. Vircy Spight-Harris, a 6th Ward resident, and Marguerite Bien-Aime, a Chicago Public School teacher, are asking that the city remove the water meters they say are giving them water that is allegedly tainted with lead."
January 20, 2022. Planet Detroit. Michigan families navigate scarce resources when seeking help for lead-poisoned kids.
December 9, 2021. Planet Detroit. Sweeping set of bills tackling child lead exposure discussed in Michigan House
Jan 3, 2022. EHS Daily. Time to Get the Lead Out. "On December 16, 2021, the Biden-Harris administration released its Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan (LPPAP), which includes a commitment to replace all lead pipes in America within a decade. The plan details the release of $2.9 billion in infrastructure funding and an announcement of upcoming stricter EPA enforcement to protect public health. In conjunction with the White House announcement, EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan committed all available EPA tools, including statutory authority under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), technical assistance, and funding, to protect all Americans from lead in drinking water."
Jan. 03, 2022, Spectrum News. Local public health officials urge funding boost. "The New York State Association of County Health Officials on Sunday evening began the push as state officials, from Gov. Kathy Hochul to members of the state Legislature, prepare a new state budget expected to pass in the next three months. The money would be spent on the response to the pandemic, but also chronic disease prevention, emergency preparedness, environmental health and drinking water supply such as child lead poisoning prevention, as well as maternal and childhood health and community health assessment."
JAN 4, 2022. post-journal.com. Lower Lead Poisoning Level Proposed "Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez, D-Bronx, recently introduced A.8564 in the state Assembly to bring the state Public Health Law’s definition of elevated lead levels into line with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention levels recommended in October."
January 4, 2022. Environmental Defense Fund. An environmental justice case study: how lead pipe replacement programs favor wealthier residents. "Dr. Karen Baehler and her team at American University’s Center for Environmental Policy, with support from EDF, recently published a peer-reviewed case study highlighting the environmental justice issues that arise when water utilities require property owners to pay when they replace lead service lines (LSLs) that connect homes to the water main under the street. Our experience indicates that the vast majority of the 11,000+ water utilities in the U.S. engage in this practice. Based on the findings, these utilities need to reconsider their programs as they address the more than 9 million LSLs nationwide. The study found that Washington, DC residents in low-income neighborhoods between 2009-2018 were significantly less likely than those in wealthier neighborhoods to pay for a full LSL replacement and, therefore, had an increased risk of harm from lead exposure from a partial LSL replacement."
Jan. 6, 2022. Associated Press. Groups File Complaint Against Water Utility Over Lead Pipes. "PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Five environmental and community groups have filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleging the Providence Water Supply Board's infrastructure and lead pipe replacement work disproportionately increases the risk of lead exposure for residents of color. 'All families deserve lead-free drinking water, regardless of race, class, or any other factor,' Childhood Lead Action Project Executive Director Laura Brion said in a statement Wednesday. 'Right now, ProvWater will only fully replace lead pipes for property owners with enough money to pay out of pocket or take out a loan. This amounts to obvious race and class discrimination and needs to stop.' ”
Jan. 7, 2022. Oregon Public Broadcasting. Oregon wants quick fix to high lead levels in Portland’s water. "Since the late 1990s, samples have shown Portland exceeding the federal safety threshold for lead 11 times. In 2017, after Portland had once again surpassed that threshold, OHA required the water bureau to build a corrosion control treatment facility, according to Salis’ letter. Water from the Bull Run watershed is naturally corrosive, which can cause lead from copper plumbing and fixtures to leech into people’s homes. By building a facility to make Portland’s water less corrosive, the bureau expects to reduce the amount of lead dissolving from old plumbing into stagnant water. The facility is slated to be completed by April."
January 7, 2022. Rochester City News. City seeks $5 million in COVID relief for lead paint removal.
"The city of Rochester is looking to use $5 million in state COVID relief funds to remove lead paint in low-income housing. Legislation introduced by former Mayor James Smith calls for the city to apply for a Community Block Development grant funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Security (CARES) Act of 2020. The money would be earmarked to support lead removal efforts for small residential buildings. Buildings would qualify if they were built before 1978, had one to four units, and had tenants making less than 50 percent of the area median income, or about $40,000 for a family of four. Landlords receiving a grant to rehab their property would be required to continue renting to that demographic for at least five years. The money would only be available to tenant-occupied properties." Tenant protections in Rochester, home of lead safe housing in the US.
January 9, 2022. WTOL. Ohio, Michigan to receive close to half a billion dollars for water infrastructure projects. "The city of Toledo has already made plans to replace lead service lines on homeowner's property using COVID-19 relief money."
January 12, 2022. Ideastream. Cleveland Mayor Bibb retains predecessor's safety director, announces new cabinet hires. "The mayor hired Sally Martin, who is well known among Northeast Ohio housing advocates, as the city’s director of building and housing. Martin currently serves in that role in the suburb of South Euclid. Bibb’s pick to lead the community development department, Alyssa Hernandez, comes to Cleveland City Hall by way of Florida. There, she managed federal disaster relief block grant dollars within the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Martin and Hernandez will report to Jeff Epstein, whom Bibb hired as chief of integrated development. Epstein led MidTown Cleveland, the community development corporation that works in neighborhoods between Downtown and University Circle."
January 13, 2022 Ideastream. The Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition reached that milestone thanks to a $50 million commitment from the Cleveland Clinic and a pledge from the city to spend $17 million in federal stimulus dollars. "Mayor Justin Bibb, Council President Blaine Griffin, Cleveland Clinic CEO Tom Mihaljevic and United Way CEO Augie Napoli announced the fundraising haul at City Hall Thursday afternoon. For years, the city distributed limited funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development only after a child tested positive for lead poisoning in a home. The city’s new lead certification program, passed in 2018, is meant to proactively clear lead hazards from rentals before a child gets sick. Preventing lead poisoning, which causes cognitive damage in children, can lead to more health care savings down the road, Mihaljevic said. 'I cannot think of a greater return on investment for any public healthcare issue in this country than lead poisoning,.... But this is really not about saving money. This is about saving children and our communities.' ”
January 11, 2022. Newswise. University Hospitals makes $1.2 million ‘Community Health Investment’ in Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition. 'UH’s investment will go entirely toward the Coalition’s Lead Safe Home Fund. The Lead Safe Home Fund is a first-of-its-kind pool of resources to help families and property owners make their homes lead safe. UH’s investment, along with investments from the public sector, private sector, and philanthropic partners brings the total pool of funds to $47.3 million over the next 5 years."
Jan 10, 2022. Environmental Health News. Stirring up lead dust in NYC housing: “You can have the best law on the books. But if it's not enforced, it's meaningless.” [ [ "On a crisp Thursday afternoon in October, the 300 block of East 12th Street in Manhattan’s East Village became loud. 'Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!' Chants erupted. 'Housing is a human right!' The roughly two dozen protesters were concerned with lead dust and other unsafe living conditions stirred up by ongoing construction. Holding homemade signs, they stood against the backdrop of a red brick apartment building, which many call home. Months prior, the building’s landlord, Silverstone Property Group – part of the mega-billion real estate private equity firm Madison Realty Capital – began knocking down walls and merging apartments to phase out rent-stabilized units, a process people refer to as 'Frankensteining.' "
January 11, 2022 BROOKLYN READER. Bushwick Subway Stations Contain Hazardous Levels of Lead, Local Business Owner Says. "A Brooklyn business owner is demanding that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority address hazardous levels of lead he says he discovered in rusted paint chips from multiple JMZ elevated subway structures in Bushwick. Salvatore Polizzi, co-owner of Tony’s Pizzeria and Restaurant on Knickerbocker Avenue, said that after 20 years of neglect by the MTA and 'rust on the structure that’s been eating away at the steel,' he took corroded paint chips off the ground from around the Myrtle-Wyckoff, Myrtle Avenue/Broadway and Knickerbocker Avenue stations and had them tested in July 2020 at an independent lab."
January 12, 2022. CityLand. HPD Changes to Stricter Definition of Lead-Based Paint, Expecting Increase in Lead Violations. "The reduction is expected to lead to an increase of surfaces found with lead and an increase in violations issued. On December 30, 2021, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) announced a change in the standard defining what paint counts as “lead-based,” creating the strictest standard in the nation. The new definition amends the concentration of lead found in paint allowed from 1.0 milligrams of lead per square centimeter of paint or similar surface coating to only 0.5 milligrams, cutting the allowable amounts of lead found in paint in half."
Jan. 13, 2022. NBC. ‘Tenants have no choice’: Racism in urban planning fuels high rate of Black fire deaths. "As leaders shift blame from electric space heaters to overcrowded housing in the wake of deadly fires in both the Bronx, New York and Philadelphia, experts say the true culprit is poor residential conditions and the racism rife in the nation’s urban planning and infrastructure decisions."
Thursday, January 13, 2022. Press Release. United States Sues Renovation Firms And Their Principals For Violating Lead-Based Paint Safety Regulations. "The Complaint filed today in Manhattan federal court alleges that the CISNE Defendants repeatedly failed to use legally required safety precautions when renovating apartments that are presumed by law to contain lead paint because they were built prior to 1978. EPA and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene inspectors observed that the CISNE Defendants failed to contain debris and dust during their work, creating exposure hazards. Construction dust was found not just in the units being worked on, but also in the public hallways accessible to other building residents. Testing demonstrated that dust exceeded both local and federal safety standards. The CISNE Defendants also failed to post warning signs at these jobs or take other steps required by law to protect tenants and workers. In all of this, the CISNE Defendants risked exposing tenants and workers to lead paint dust and violated TSCA and the RRP Rule."
17 Jan 2022. Guardian. Revealed: the Flint water poisoning charges that never came to light. "The former criminal prosecution team investigating the Flint water crisis was building a racketeering case against state officials. Then the team was dismantled."
New Lead Safe Housing Rule Toolkit is Available. "HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes is launching a Lead Safe Housing Rule Toolkit with sample forms, checklists, and flowcharts for HUD’s Lead Safe Housing Rule (24 CFR Part 35) to support healthy and lead safe homes. These tools help practitioners to understand and comply with the federal lead rules. The Lead Safe Housing Rule applies to almost all federally-assisted, pre-1978 housing, while the Lead Disclosure Rule applies to almost all pre-1978 homes being sold or leased/rented, regardless of federal assistance. Practitioners will learn how to prepare to administer projects, implement key project tasks, and keep records for compliance." HUD's Lead Safe Housing Rule applies to all HUD properties and any housing project that uses more than $5000 in Federal funds.
30 Nov 2021. KDKA via Youtube. City Council Passes Lead Poisoning Legislation. Look out Cleveland, the Steelers are gaining on you.
NOV 28, 2021. The City. NYCHA resident Shari Broomes said her daughter Mikhaila Bonaparte got lead poisoning from their Tompkins Houses apartment, "More than 5,000 public housing apartments in buildings long ago deemed 'lead free' contain lead paint, THE CITY has learned. And that number is likely to grow. Meet a resident of one of those complexes: Mikhaila Bonaparte, who was born in 2013, just days before NYCHA falsified its lead report to the feds.
Nov 30, 2021. PBS News Hour. New lead testing approach could reveal higher levels in water. "Testing for lead involves turning on the tap and collecting a sample. Currently, federal regulations require sampling the first liter of water out of the tap. The new rule under review would leave the tap on longer to collect the fifth liter. Instead of water sitting near the faucet, the change is intended to test water that sits in the lead service lines that connect buildings to water mains."
December 1, 2021. Oaklandside. Oakland and Alameda County won money to fight lead poisoning. They still haven’t spent it. "The settlement terms give the plaintiffs wide authority to use the funds in ways they believe address the damage, whether that’s through inspecting old homes, treating affected children, or educating the public and contractors about the dangers. But two and a half years later, the money has gone unspent. Oakland and Alameda County officials have argued with each other, mostly behind closed doors, over who gets what portion of the settlement dollars, and how they should be used."
December 2, 2021. Florida Politics. Al Lawson, John Rutherford want HUD to clean up lead in old buildingsA.G. Gancarski. "Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much, but they seem willing and able to come together on lead remediation, as evidenced by U.S. Reps. Al Lawson and John Rutherford and their cross-party alliance on the issue. Democrat Lawson and Republican Rutherford, both representing Jacksonville, are teaming up to co-sponsor the House version of the Keep Children and Families Safe From Lead Hazards Act. The bill was filed previously in the Senate by another bipartisan duo running for re-election next year, Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Raphael Warnock. This legislation would force the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to perform yearly inspections on its properties to ascertain the presence of lead-based hazards, such as exterior and interior paint. The department would also have to develop an “action plan” for remediation."
Dec. 08, 2021. Oversight needed for $2 million ARPA grant for struggling Cleveland health-services nonprofit: editorial. "Those running recurring deficits, like NEON, should further provide a management plan for how they propose to bring their books into balance so the city can be assured its money isn’t just going to hold back the red ink. Grant recipients should be required to show the funds are really being spent on the citizens in the community who need the health care, lead remediation, mental health and other services." CLASH supports the idea of linking ARP assistance with a commitment to child lead testing. We're so much in support of this idea, that we recommended it last week.
December 7, 2021, The Land. New mobile clinics aim to tear down barriers to quality healthcare. "The idea for the mobile clinics has come out of years-long conversations about how best to improve community health and prevent further proliferation of chronic diseases, which data shows are pervasive in Cleveland, said Frances Mills, the city’s Health Commissioner and director of the Office of Minority Health."
Dec. 08, 2021. cleveland.com Use ARPA money to tackle lead poisoning scourge among Cleveland children
Dec. 09, 2021. Cleveland.com. Cleveland Water Department trying to contact childcare centers served by lead water lines.
Dec. 08, 2021. Cleveland.com. Letters to the Editor: Use ARPA money to tackle lead poisoning scourge among Cleveland children. "Every year, hundreds of Cleveland children are exposed to lead-based paint, leading to serious health outcomes. Research suggests that even quality preschool education cannot help lead-poisoned children catch up. Public health intervention and funding is overdue. Lead treatment, pipe replacement, and enforcement of building standards are all cost-effective tools for reducing lead exposure."
December 8, 2021. Guardian. We’re losing IQ points’: the lead poisoning crisis unfolding among US children. "The US banned lead 30 years ago. So why are thousands of kids being poisoned every year? Turokk Dow is one of about 87,000 young children who are diagnosed with lead poisoning in the US each year, more than three decades after the neurotoxin was banned as an ingredient in paint, gasoline and water pipes. Today, lead lingers in houses and apartments, yards and water lines, and wherever states and communities ramp up testing, it becomes clear that the nation’s lead problem is worse than we realized, experts say."
Dec. 16, 2021. Cleveland.com. Cleveland gets $5 million to abate lead paint as part of broader fight against lead contamination "WASHINGTON, D. C. - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday announced that it’s awarding Cleveland a $5 million grant to be used for identifying and cleaning up lead paint in 240 low income families’ homes, as well as a $700,000 grant to help abate other hazards in 175 homes." A great example of press release journalism, no local perspective!
Dec 15, 2021. WEWS News. Cleveland inspector training vital in slowing child lead poisoning. "Certified lead inspector training in Cleveland, put together by the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition and Environmental Health Watch is having an impact in the effort to protect local children from lead poisoning. Kim Foreman, Executive Director with Environmental Health Watch, told News 5 nearly 400 have gone through the training program in just its first year.
December 16, 2921 wapo, Biden administration details push to finally rid the nation of millions of lead pipes "Long-awaited changes won’t happen overnight, as EPA aims to finalize new regulations by 2024. [ ] The Biden administration on Thursday announced an effort to jump-start the removal of every underground lead water service line in the country, a move meant to stop once and for all the poisonous metal from flowing through the taps of millions of Americans." More here
The Conversation. Leaded gasoline was poisoning us for a century and the car industry knew. The rise and and fall of the 'lead death' in the US [...] "Leaded gasoline was poisoning us for a century and the car industry knew. "On the frosty morning of Dec. 9, 1921, in Dayton, Ohio, researchers at a General Motors lab poured a new fuel blend into one of their test engines. Immediately, the engine began running more quietly and putting out more power. The new fuel was tetraethyl lead. With vast profits in sight – and very few public health regulations at the time – General Motors Co. rushed gasoline diluted with tetraethyl lead to market despite the known health risks of lead. They named it 'Ethyl' gas. It has been 100 years since that pivotal day in the development of leaded gasoline. As a historian of media and the environment, I see this anniversary as a time to reflect on the role of public health advocates and environmental journalists in preventing profit-driven tragedy." Unhappy 100th birthday.
December 13, 2021. Manchester Ink Link. Mapping lead contamination in the Granite State.
DECEMBER 15, 2021. phys.org. Identifying schools with high lead levels in drinking water. "Consuming lead can cause health problems for anyone, but children are particularly vulnerable because the element can interfere with their growth and development. While water systems will soon be required to measure lead levels in school tap water, it's not clear how these measurements should be interpreted. In a new study in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology Letters, researchers used real-world data to determine an approach for identifying schools likely to have problematic lead levels." What is the current status of water pipes in CMSD?
December 14, 2021. Urban CNY. Residents Flag Health, Safety Concerns as State Moves Closer to I-81 Viaduct Demolition. "A panel of six local health, safety, and parent advocates joined today just outside Dr. King Elementary to call for protections for workers and children from potentially dangerous levels of lead metal in bridge paint. They gathered within view of nearby homes and the school to dramatize the proximity of young children to the future demolition site of the I-81 viaduct. Despite a 1978 federal ban on lead in house paint, lead continued to be used on bridges as an anti-corrosive. Advocates said demolition of the decades old I-81 viaduct should meet or exceed standards of safety so that toxic bridge paint doesn’t poison demolition workers or young families living nearby." Another potential superspreader event.
Dec 13, 2021. WMAR. HUD, Baltimore celebrate 30 years with Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. " 'If you grew up here in Baltimore like I did and you seen friends suffer from lead, if you have seen what they tell you that you can't drink out of the water fountain in the school because it has lead pipes, do you know how deep this issue is? It is connected to every thing that everyone says is wrong with the city,' said Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott. 'This is just as important as things that we do that folks think are big and sexy, this work is critical to making sure that Baltimore City is the best version of its self in the future.' To date the city has seen a 99 percent reduction in childhood lead poisoning."
December 15, 2021. St.Louis-mo.gov. City of St. Louis Department of Health partners with Saint Louis Public Schools to host Lead Screening Clinics "The City of St. Louis Department of Health (DOH), in partnership with Saint Louis Public Schools [www.slps.org], will expand its efforts against childhood lead poisoning by providing screening services to eligible SLPS students. The City of St. Louis remains committed to addressing the serious issue of childhood lead poisoning, with DOH routinely performing lead screening, lead surveillance and case management for children under six years old and eligible refugee children through its Lead Safe St. Louis Program. Despite declining trends in childhood cases of elevated blood lead levels, the City of St. Louis continues to see child lead poisoning rates that exceed state and national averages, with Black children disproportionately affected relative to White children."
PRESS RELEASE: Secretary Marcia L. Fudge and Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Tom Mihaljevic Discuss Solutions to National Lead Crisis. " 'What I believe that needs to happen first and foremost is to raise awareness,' said Dr. Tom Mihaljevic. 'We’re seeing hundreds of thousands of children in the most disadvantageous communities being essentially deprived of the opportunity to lead a normal and productive life by no fault of their own. We have to recognize that we as a country cannot stand for that. Raising an awareness that this is a problem that we know we can take care of, that this is a problem that this is important, is the first and probably most important step that we need to make.' ” Gimme a break. It's like the voice of the teacher in the Charlie Brown cartoons. Cleveland Clinic goes to Washington DC to pledge "awareness" and never mentions the crisis raging outside their pearly gates. Thanks Andre for sharing this story.
12/16/2021. E&E Daily. Biden’s lead-cleanup plan targets schools, day care centers. "The Cabinet-level Partnership for Lead Remediation in Schools and Child Care Centers aims to achieve President Biden’s commitment to reduce lead exposure in 400,000 schools and child care facilities. Its first step will be to convene joint stakeholder discussions to gather input from people affected by lead contamination at schools and child care centers, with those conversations meant to identify priorities and data gaps and aid the development of guidance specific to lead contamination in school and child care settings. Environmental health groups for years have highlighted the fact that schools and child care centers can commonly be unseen lead contamination hot spots. For decades, utilities testing lead in drinking water, for example, were not required to ensure taps at schools were safe. That’s something that will now change with the Trump-era lead and copper drinking water regulation taking effect while the Biden administration works to revamp it by 2024"
December 15, 2021. USA TODAY. Fact check: Lead paint was banned over child safety concerns, not radiation conspiracy. "The claim: Lead paint was banned because of how well it absorbs radiation. The Consumer Product Safety Commission banned residential uses of lead-based paint in 1978 because of health concerns. Social media users, however, are claiming that ban was actually a conspiracy to stop houses from blocking radiation. 'Lead paint was banned, not because children were eating paint chips, but rather how well it absorbed RF/EMF radiation,' reads text of a Facebook post shared Nov. 22. 'Why do you think you wear a lead vest whilst getting X-Rayed?' " A little stupidity goes a long way.
December 15, 2021. ABC News. Benton Harbor, Michigan sees decreasing levels of lead in drinking waterFor the first time since 2018, Benton Harbor reports decreasing lead levels. " 'This is encouraging news, an indication that corrosion control treatment is taking hold and reducing the amount of lead getting into the water,' Eric Oswald, director of Michigan's Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division,said in a release, adding that the news 'does not lesson the urgency' to reduce lead exposure in the city."
December 19th 2021. Fox5 Baltimore. Nick Mosby sees lead exposure as the root of crime, public policy expert thinks otherwise. "Last week city leaders including city council president Nick Mosby talked about the root causes of the crime and education crisis, holding a news conference addressing and updating efforts to combat lead paint poisoning in kids. 'In 2019, 560 children here in city of Baltimore were tested with elevated levels of lead in their blood,' Mosby said. 'One microgram per deciliter affects a child for the rest of their lives. The direct correlation to education, the direct correlation to the criminal justice system -- we understand and know that to be a fact.' Sean Kennedy with the Maryland Public Policy Institute believes he's overplaying the correlation between lead poisoning, education and crime." FYI Maryland Public Policy Institute is a free-market advocacy group which believes "...that individuals, families, and entrepreneurs are the engines of healthy civil societies only when they are left free from government overreach."
DECEMBER 20, 2021 Mississippi Free Press, Lead-In-Water Lawsuit: Contamination Has Hurt Black Jackson Children And Their Futures. "A kid growing up drinking lead in water is less likely to graduate from high school or go to college. The child consuming the poisoned water is more likely to be unemployed later. And a child consuming lead during their childhoods are more likely to commit crime. In 2018, research by Robert J. Sampson and Alix S. Winter linked an increase in lead in water to a higher likelihood of criminal behavior. 'We have presented new evidence of a consistent link between childhood lead exposure and antisocial behavior in both childhood and later adolescence, with an estimated magnitude of effect greater than many standard predictors in criminology,' they reported."
December 20, 2021. ASAPTime. What Type Of Diet Can Help Block The Storage Of Lead In Child’s Body? "A low-fat, calcium-rich diet is the best way to reduce lead absorption and storage in children’s bodies, suggests a study in the journal Pediatrics.
The study found that children who followed a low-fat diet and high blood calcium levels excreted significantly more lead than those on a regular diet. Lead is a toxic metal that can cause serious health problems, especially in young children. It can damage the brain and nervous system and interfere with bones and teeth development."
December 21, 2021. The Public's Radio. Central Falls steps up housing code enforcement to prevent lead poisoning. Rhode Island’s housing code includes lead safety standards meant to protect residents. But cities across the state have a spotty track record of enforcing the requirements. Central Falls, which has some of the oldest housing stock in the state, is trying to chart a different course."
DEC 22, 2021. BALTIMORE SUN. Criminal indictments filed against Maryland company that targeted Baltimore lead paint victims’ settlements. "Five years after initiating civil action against a Maryland company buying lead paint victims’ settlements for a fraction of their value, the state Attorney General’s Office has obtained criminal indictments against three of the company’s officials. Access Funding’s practices were thrust into scrutiny in 2015 after the death in Baltimore of Freddie Gray from injuries suffered in police custody. Lead paint victims are awarded settlements that are paid out over time to ensure that the money is not spent all at once, but Access Funding would pay out a smaller lump sum to obtain the rights to the more valuable long-term settlement. Gray and his siblings were among those who sold their settlements. They sold $435,000 of their settlements for about $54,000, a deal approved by a Prince George’s County judge. The Attorney General’s Office sued the company and a number of its officials in 2016, a case that continues to wind through the courts."
December 24, 2021. Mercury News. Oakland is a hot spot for lead contamination of children, study finds
Oakland and Alameda County have finalized an agreement over how to spend money to mitigate lead poisoning. "OAKLAND — Children in many parts of Oakland are among the most at-risk in the state of being poisoned by lead, even though the hazardous metal component was outlawed decades ago, a new study has found. The “racial equity impact analysis” concludes Oakland is Alameda County’s epicenter of lead contamination, with Latino and Black residents heavily affected. [...] 'This means using data to prioritize abatement, testing, outreach, and education activities in high-risk areas, and serving the populations most likely to live in high-risk dwellings,' she added."
12.24.21. Rome News-Tribune. Ga. to move on lead poisoning risks; Dempsey study committee proposes a plan. "Among the recommendations from the committee: Change the state definition of elevated blood lead level to 3.5 µg/dL and the level triggering a home investigation from 10 µg/dL to 5 µg/dL to align with the most current CDC recommendation.Include the exterior of a home in an investigation into lead sources."
Dec. 23, 2021. US News and World Report. Tests Show Lead Levels a Problem in Many Montana Schools. "In early 2020, the state of Montana for the first time required all public schools to test their drinking water for lead. Schools were given until December 31 of this year to take initial samples. Now, with two weeks to go before the deadline, 136 schools — only about a quarter — have sent in samples and, of those, 125 have had at least one fixture exceed the state action level for lead, Yellowstone Public Radio reported."
December 9, 2021. Planet Detroit. Sweeping set of bills tackling child lead exposure discussed in Michigan House "The bipartisan package, led by Rep. Rachel Hood (D-Grand Rapids), would lower the definition of an elevated blood lead level (EBLL), strengthen the healthcare system to deal with lead exposure, and strengthen home inspection requirements."
December 9, 2021. Planet Detroit. OPINION: All Michigan children should be tested for lead at one and two years of age.
October 31, 2021. Reading Eagle. This Berks County group is tackling lead poisoning in children [opinion]. "To be clear, high blood lead levels affect children in life-changing ways both cognitively and behaviorally. That’s why you saw a press conference with law enforcement earlier this year. They know it’s not just a matter of self-discipline or “better parenting” (as I have heard some comment) and that lead-poisoned children can struggle with impulsivity and other things that result in run-ins with the law. Treatment is important, but prevention would be better."
October 31, 2021. South Bend Tribune. Editorial: A stark reminder of South Bend's lead poisoning problem. "As Tribune reporter Jeff Parrott revealed, the city recently sent out 160 applications for residents to enroll in the lead abatement program. But only 42 were returned, and only 10 have actually enrolled. It was a slap-in-the-face reminder of the city's lead poisoning problem and the obstacles to addressing an issue that dates back decades."
November 4, 2021. Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Work hard to get the lead out. "So we were energized to see about the new Pittsburgh Lead Safety Law (Oct. 26, “Pittsburgh Council members push for stricter lead poisoning prevention measures”) that will protect our children where they live, learn and play in the city. This law is not the end, however; it is a step in the right direction. We encourage Pittsburgh City Council to adopt this ordinance and begin to implement the practices regarding housing inspections and lead safety."
Nov 2, 2021. Source Sentinel. NH gets EPA grant to test school drinking water for lead. "The Environmental Protection Agency awarded $887,000 of funding to New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services to help schools and child-care facilities test their drinking water for lead."
November 2, 2021. YouTube Newark replaces toxic lead pipes with copper
November 5, 2021. The Conversation.A new, lower threshold for lead poisoning in children means more kids will get tested – but the ultimate solution is eliminating lead source "Will this change affect how doctors detect and treat childhood lead poisoning? The Centers for Disease Control periodically reviews national data on blood lead levels in children. This new lower value is the average blood lead level exceeded by 2.5% of children tested. Many clinics have an on-site screening device that uses electrochemical detection to quickly test a small amount of blood from a fingertip prick. If children test positive, doctors refer them to have a larger blood sample drawn from a vein and analyzed in a diagnostic laboratory. The clinical test is fast, cheap and relatively painless, but the venous blood draw is the gold standard for diagnosing lead poisoning. On-site clinical devices typically can detect lead at concentrations as low as 3.2 micrograms per deciliter, so the new CDC guidance means that nearly all children who show positive results at the screening level will be referred for follow-up testing. That’s much more protective from a public health perspective."
4 Nov 2021. YouTube. WHO's Science In 5: Lead Poisoning Prevention
November 12, 2021. Channel 5 News. Report: Warning signs removed at more than half of Cleveland lead hazardous homes. "A Cleveland Advocates for Safe Housing report revealed that in checking 323 of 406 Cleveland lead hazard homes, 227 of them had lead warning signs that were removed by the landlords or tenants. Yvonka Hall, Co-Founder of Cleveland Advocates for Safe Housing or CLASH, said her agency's Oct. 21 report indicates an alarming number of Cleveland homes deemed a lead hazard don't have the warning placards posted." YOU CAN READ THE WHOLE REPORT AT https://www.clashcle.org/home
November 11, 2021, Toledo Blade Lead inspectors to be trained under $243,460 program. "Toledo City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday to hire two firms to train lead safety inspectors in an effort to speed up enforcement of the city’s lead inspection ordinance. The ordinance — approved 11-0 with Councilman Rob Ludeman, a Realtor, abstaining — establishes partnerships with Lead Professionals for workers and ASSETS Toledo for small businesses. The training will cost up to $234,460. Between the two organizations, 34 training classes will be provided to 456 trainees and students."
Nov 8 2021 Medical Express ‘Drinking through a lead straw’ — $15B approved to fix dangerous water pipes. "Now, he and other experts say, the nation can finally start to make a dent in the problem. The bipartisan infrastructure bill that Congress approved Friday calls for allocating $15 billion for lead pipe remediation. An additional $9 billion to help with lead reduction in disadvantaged communities and $970 million for rural water and waste-water programs, including lead remediation, are still on the table as part of the pending reconciliation spending bill to fund President Joe Biden's social and climate agenda." Will Cleveland be ready to apply for limited infrastructure funds?
NOVEMBER 8, 2021. Missouri Independent. New funds, strategy may boost ‘massive task’ of reducing lead exposure for Missouri kids. "The EPA also announced late last month a new strategy for reducing lead exposure and alleviating disparities. Black and Hispanic children and kids from low-income families, the draft document says, are found to have far higher blood lead levels than their white peers. The draft, which is available for public comment, outlines steps the EPA will take to tighten lead regulations, revisit recommendations for renovating buildings with lead-based paint and work with other federal agencies, including Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Food and Drug Administration to ensure lead is not harming residents of public housing or entering food supplies."
November 10, 2021. Roll Call. EPA touts water infrastructure money, but needs abound. "Distressed communities across the country are clamoring for federal money to help upgrade aging systems. That reflects in part how the federal share of water infrastructure funding has fallen from 63 percent in the 1970s to just 9 percent more recently."
Nov 9, 2021. Providence Business Journal. Third R.I. landlord sued as AG Neronha pursues lead-paint "Two local landlords and a real estate investment trust allegedly ignored repeated orders to clean up lead paint at their rental properties in Providence and Cranston — despite the fact that children living in the homes had tested positive for elevated blood lead levels. A lawsuit filed Friday by Attorney General Peter Neronha and the Rhode Island Department of Health names Robert N. Riccardi, who owns a three-family at 51 Wealth Ave. in Providence through Regent Place LLC. The suit alleges that Riccardi violated a state law designed to protect tenants against lead poisoning." When will Cleveland enforce compliance with the Lead Safe Certificate program?
November 9, 2021. Saporto Report. Addressing Childhood Lead Exposure on a State and Federal Level "Lead poisoning isn’t just a problem in Flint, Michigan, and toxic lead levels aren’t just found in drinking water. Over the last year, GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students has been working with community leaders on the Westside of Atlanta, where lead slag found in a grandmother’s garden soil has prompted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin remediating several neighborhoods. Hearing from families about the effects of lead on their children’s brain development has steeled our commitment to fighting for environmental justice for all of Georgia’s children."
11/12/2021. Ars Technica. Flint water crisis costs Michigan $600 million—preventing it would have cost $80/day. "Residents of Flint, Michigan, began complaining in 2014 that their water tasted bad, smelled foul, and came out of the tap discolored. The city had switched water supplies to save money, and in the process, the city and state failed to add anti-corrosion chemicals to the new supply. Flint’s aging pipes began to poison its residents. People suffered rashes after bathing, children were exposed to high levels of lead, and at least a dozen people died from Legionnaires’ disease. Residents, pediatricians, and pastors sounded the alarm, but it wasn’t until they sued the city and state that a federal judge ordered bottled water to be delivered to every affected home." Treatment of municipal water systems is an interim control for lead pipes.
November 9th 2021. CNYCentral. Hundreds of kids are still poisoned by lead in Syracuse each year. What comes next?. "It's been over a year since the Common Council unanimously passed this ordinance. According to Dishaw, the pandemic has slowed rollout in a combination of taking a hit at the city's finances while making it difficult to safely conduct home inspections." Watch it here. Stop using the pandemic as an excuse. Children who have been locked down at home have experienced higher rates of exposure.
Nov 10, 2021. PBS Newshour. New lead poisoning guidelines means more kids will get tested. Here’s what else experts want to see. "Now, in response to recent federal health surveys, the CDC has updated that number to 3.5 micrograms per deciliter. Environmental scientist Gabriel Filippelli, who has studied urban lead poisoning in children, explains what this shift means for public health." When more children are tested Cleveland will learn the true scope of the problem.
November 10, 2021. Detroit Free Press. Federal judge gives final approval to $626.25M settlement in Flint water crisis. "A federal judge on Wednesday gave final approval to a $626.25-million settlement of civil claims against the state of Michigan and a handful of other parties resulting from the lead poisoning of Flint's drinking water, in what is one of the largest civil settlements in state history."
November 11, 2021. Herald-Times. Researcher: Samples from last week's training fire contain 'extremely high' levels of lead. "Bloomington residents affected by the lead paint fallout from a recent training fire will receive kits from university researchers so they can test paint chips, dust and earthworms for lead contamination. John Shukle, a doctoral student at the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, told residents in a Zoom call Wednesday that they would find test kits in their mailboxes or at their door, and IUPUI would process the tests free of charge. The kits will include instructions and testing materials." Fire and careless demolition can spread lead throughout a community. When in doubt file a complaint with EPA Region V.
NOV 11, 2021. WBOI. Indiana has a chance to help more kids with lead poisoning than ever before. "Indiana is considering lowering its threshold for when public health agencies address elevated blood lead levels in children — based on a nearly decade-old recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency recently changed that threshold again — and it’s unclear if the state will follow suit." Ohio needs to adopt the new CDC guidance.
11/12/21. The Hill. Michigan, local officials sued over 'toxic lead emergency' in city's water. " 'Defendants, all of them, have not remediated these dangers or harms, notwithstanding their knowledge, since 2018, that the amount of lead in the water was increasing with each testing period from 2018 to 2021,' the complaint reads." You can run but you can't hide.
November 12, 2021. WHECTV. Schumer: Infrastructure bill funds to be used to remove lead pipes in Rochester. "He said protecting our children's health must be the number one priority. 'Even in low doses, it [lead] can decrease cognitive function, developmental delays, behavioural problems," Schumer said. "In high does, it's severe: Seizures, coma, even death. So we need to remove these lead hazards, but at the current rate of replacement, most of the lead pipes in Rochester would not be replaced until 2050. Can you imagine having thousands and thousands of children exposed to lead for 30 more years?' " Where's Sherrod Brown when you need him to speak about lead poisoning where he lives?
NOVEMBER 15, 2021. Enterprise Community Partners. Ayonna Blue Donald Named Vice President, Ohio Market Leader. "Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) today named Ayonna Blue Donald as its new vice president and Ohio market leader, effective November 29. A longtime public servant for the city of Cleveland, Donald served as director of the city’s Department of Building and Housing from 2017 to 2021 and most recently served as the chief of Commercial Services and Governmental Affairs for the Department of Port Control."
November 16, 2021. TheLand. Reflection: Racial disparities still plague health care. The fact that I’m writing about it in 2021 is telling. "That story isn’t unique. And the fact that I’m now, in 2021, writing about the simple existence of racial health disparities should be troubling. I haven’t even gotten into the local Cleveland issues, and I’m already 600 words in."
Nov 17, 2021. Cleveland Scene. Sherwin-Williams Aims for Third-Most Interesting Light Display in Downtown Cleveland With New Skyscraper. "Here's to hoping Sherwin-Williams, which for decades knew that its lead paint was toxic and yet fought tooth and nail in courts to absolve itself of legal or financial liability, also makes a gesture and comes up with a light display to celebrate National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, which is observed every October."
Nov 18, 2021. WEWS CLE landlords hope for Lead Safe program changes in 2022. "Joe Libretti and Ben Rosolowski are trained northeast Ohio lead risk assessors, and Cleveland landlords, who believe changes in the city lead safe ordinance are needed in 2022. Both told News 5, the current ordinance does nothing to address lead paint child poisoning issues at thousands of owner-occupied homes across the city and only centers on more than 90,000 city rental units in its effort to get the homes lead safe compliant."
Nov. 16, 2021. cleveland.com. Cleveland’s plan for stimulus spending unclear after council meeting on community, economic development, "Committee Chair Anthony Brancatelli encouraged the administrators to continue with its presentation, after which Slife continued with his criticisms. 'I’m supposed to go back to my residents and say, ‘The administration doesn’t want to allow you to participate in a home repair program?’ Slife posited. 'You know, maybe if Mayor Jackson came to Ward 17 more than once a year on the Fourth of July parade, he’d have a more nuanced approach of the neighborhood.' ” Ya can't make this stuff up.
November 18, 2021. WOIO. Cleveland’s lead paint voucher pays to update homes. "CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland homeowners are waking up with vacating notices on their front doors but it’s not because they didn’t pay the rent or mortgage, it’s because of a toxic issue plaguing their home, lead paint." The headline is dangerous advice. Owners should follow RRP guidelines before using the "free" paint from the city. Cleveland's ordinance requires paint sellers to provide lead safe practice information...but they don't.
November 15, 2021 EarthJustice. Michigan Approves Another Polluter in Flint. "Today, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, or EGLE, approved the air permit for a hot mix asphalt plant in Flint, a community still reeling from lead poisoning, as well as ongoing and legacy industrial pollution." Environmental Racism continues in Flint.
Nov 18, 2021. Environmental Health News. How contaminated water contributes to mental illness. "New research indicates that childhood lead exposure impacts adult mental health. The toxic heavy metal is found across western Pennsylvania drinking water systems, leaving thousands of kids at risk." A new study links lead exposure and mental illness.
November 17, 2021. Washington Post. Lead-Tainted Water Is America’s Worst Infrastructure Failure. "No one in the world’s wealthiest and most innovative country should lack access to potable water, and yet here we are. Lead is a vicious neurotoxin that causes cognitive damage even in small amounts, and it is particularly harmful to children. For three years, 10,000 Americans in Benton Harbor have lived with that threat. They’re not alone. Several million lead service lines remain in place across the country, largely in low-income areas and communities of color. Biden’s infrastructure plan will address a significant portion of this problem, but some analysts estimate that it will take $60 billion — four times the new federal outlay — to complete the work." Mayor Bibb: make sure the Cleveland Water Department is ready to apply for Federal lead pipe replacement funding on day 1.
November 17, 2021. Alternet. The simple truth about defunding the police that politicians refuse to see. "Biden has enthusiastically touted his lead abatement measures. But in some ways he's undersold them. He hasn't, for example, explained that reducing lead exposure is a way to reduce crime. Lead doesn't only damage intelligence. It also reduces the capacity for self-control. Exposure can make people more likely to react in violent or antisocial ways. Lead may therefore be linked to one of the most perplexing policy questions in our lifetime — the steady and dramatic decline in crime from the 1990s through the 2010s." Childhood Lead exposure and encounters with the criminal justice system go hand in hand.
November 19, 2021. American Council on Science and Health. Protecting Our Children From Lead. "The way to solve this problem is not case-by-case, waiting to see if children have high blood lead levels. Instead, localities and local public health departments should take the lead and proactively go into the communities most at risk, i.e., older neighborhoods in industrial areas, and test for lead in soil, paint, and drinking water. This is a fundamental role for local public health departments that should be greatly expanded. Too often, in older neighborhoods, elected officials take an approach of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” instead of identifying, confronting, and resolving the lead issue." See no evil has too long been the policy in Cleveland.
November 19, 2021. WTIU. Study: paint flakes from High Street burn up to 12 percent lead. "Independent testing of paint flakes from the Nov. 5 controlled burn on South High Street in Bloomington have confirmed concentrations of 10 to 12 percent lead. Leah Wood is a researcher with IUPUI in the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department, and studies patterns of lead pollution. She said residents who’ve reacted with concern are within reason. 'This is a big deal. If I lived in that neighborhood, I would be reacting similarly and I would be very concerned,' Wood said." In Cleveland we have the same problem when a vacant home is torn down by untrained contractors.
Nov 19, 2021. The Sharon Herald. Ask the Doctors 11-22-21. "Dear Doctor: My mother passed away several years ago from a form of dementia called organic brain syndrome. Can you tell me what this is? I’d like to know what the symptoms are and if it’s hereditary. Is there any way of preventing it from happening to me?" [ ] "As you can see, it’s more of an umbrella term than a specific diagnosis. As a result, it can affect people of all ages, races and genders. In general, symptoms of neurocognitive disorders begin with episodes of confusion, agitation or even delirium, and over time can lead to long-term loss of mental function. However, depending on the underlying condition that is affecting brain function, symptoms can also be specific. Take, for example, a child exposed to lead-based paint in an older home. Lead is a toxicant — that is, a toxic substance introduced into the body via the environment. Because lead accumulations affect brain function, someone with lead poisoning may begin to have trouble with fine motor skills and uncontrolled irritability." Here's a question CLASH gets all the time
November 19, 2021. The Times Herald. Norristown amends municipal code to include ‘lead poisoning prevention’ chapter. " 'The Department of Buildings and Code Compliance strongly believes that it is in the best interest of the municipality to adopt this ordinance … and to set forth a lead-safe and lead-free certification process for testing and abatement for rental properties, daycare centers and child daycare facilities, condemned properties, and properties subject to the real estate transfer process with structures built prior to 1978,' the ordinance states."
September 15, 2021. Florida Politics. Marco Rubio, Raphael Warnock team up to fight lead poisoning in HUD housing. "U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is reaching across the aisle in his continued effort to improve public housing conditions. The second-term Republican Senator from Florida teamed up on a bipartisan effort that includes Sen. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat from Georgia, to eliminate lead toxins from old housing projects and developments. The two, along with Tennessee Republican Sen. Bill Hagerty, joined forces on the Keep Children and Families Safe From Lead Hazards Act. That bill would direct the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development to identify and remediate properties where lead paint and pipes are still used. Many Section 8/HUD buildings were built before lead paint was banned in 1978, and Rubio’s office estimates more than 6,300 Florida children are subjected to this contaminant via HUD housing." More here; https://www.news4jax.com/news/politics/2021/09/15/rubio-warnock-co-sponsor-bill-to-force-hud-to-inspect-regularly-for-lead/
September 14, 2021. BuzzFeed News. Carlton Waterhouse Is Fighting For Environmental Justice At The EPA — And Getting Called A “Racist”. "In between the degrees, Waterhouse spent nine years working as an attorney on high-profile pollution enforcement cases for the EPA. He then taught environmental law for over a decade, including recently leading the Howard University Environmental Justice Center. As part of his research, he’s written about lead poisoning in children of color, and about reparations for descendants of enslaved people. It’s the latter that’s recently garnered negative attention."
Startling data. September 27, 2021.Boston Children's Hospital. Lead exposure remains a problem for some children. "Dr. Marissa Hauptman, of the Pediatric Environmental Health Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, partnered with Quest Diagnostics, one of the largest reference clinical laboratories in the U.S., to collect the data. Her findings were published today in JAMA Pediatrics, accompanied by an editorial. Of the 1.1 million U.S. children under age 6 who were tested, half (50.5 percent) had detectable levels of blood lead (1.0 microgram per deciliter or higher). And almost 2 percent had elevated levels considered to be a risk to health (5.0 µg/dL or higher). Both percentages were higher for children who had public insurance, for those living in low-income zip codes, and for those living in homes built before the 1950s, when lead paint was still being used." more here and here and here.
Nice Primer for Parents no matter where you live. September 14, 2021. Milwaukee Neighborhood News. Worried about lead poisoning in Wisconsin? Here’s what you should know.
Sep 27, 2021. WPRI.com. Nirva LaFortune announces run for Providence mayor. "Providence City Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune officially announced her campaign for mayor of Providence in 2022. LaFortune, a Democrat who represents Ward 3 on the City Council, had been fundraising for a potential run for months. 'Our city deserves a leader that will work to create opportunities for every resident,' LaFortune said in a news release. At her campaign announcement at the Southside Cultural Center on Sunday, she spoke about Providence’s older housing stock and a risk of lead poisoning, according to her campaign, which she said she suffered from as a child."
September 29, 2021. Bronx Times. AG’s office finds NYC property firm in violation of city’s lead poisoning law. "A property management firm that manages more than 6,000 apartments in approximately 134 buildings in New York City — a majority of which are located predominantly in low-income communities in the Bronx — is being held accountable for repeatedly violating lead poisoning prevention laws and endangering the lives of their tenants, according to an investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office."
September 28, 2021. WESA. Activists say Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority should address concerns about lead, water costs. "Musil and others point to lead testing results from the authority posted online that show an increase in lead levels in recent years (though the amount remains below the allowable level of 15 parts per billion) and the fact that a number of the communities WPJWA serves have high incidences of childhood lead poisoning (though lead pipes are not the only potential source of lead poisoning)."
October 1, 2021. Daily Hampshire Gazette. Holyoke nonprofit’s challenge to lead paint law can proceed in court. "In its lawsuit, the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center argues that the state’s lead law, which was intended to get landlords to gradually delead the state’s housing stock, has resulted in housing discrimination against households with children while resulting in little abatement of lead paint hazards. They have argued that the state’s lead law violates the 1988 federal Fair Housing Act, which outlawed housing discrimination against families with minor children."
October 1, 2021. Sun News. Battery Recycling Plant Exposed Workers to Lead Inhalation. "TAMPA, FL – OSHA safety investigators have found that a Tampa, FL battery recycling facility and smelter failed to make changes that resulted in worker exposure to lead inhalation hazards, despite several warnings. OSHA cited Envirofocus Technologies LLC – operating as Gopher Resource LLC – with a willful violation for exposing workers to inhalation hazards."
August 26, 2021. Planet Detroit. Fewer kids were tested for lead poisoning amid the pandemic. This pop-up clinic aims to change that trend. "Fewer kids were tested for lead poisoning amid the pandemic. This pop-up clinic aims to change that trend. When Alashna Moore took her 4-year-old son Aishani to sign up for preschool at United Children and Family Head Start on Harper in early August, she took advantage of an unexpected opportunity to test him for lead poisoning. A mobile health unit stationed in the parking lot behind the school building was staffed with health care professionals ready to test for lead poisoning and provide other family health services. Moore decided to get her son tested."
Oct 5, 2021. The Journal Times. Kicking the can down the road: Lack of funding leaves lead pipes in the ground and kids at risk. "The City of Racine had just under 11,000 lead pipe service lines delivering water to its nearly 80,000 residents in July, when the city announced it had received a $1.6 million grant through the state’s Safe Drinking Water Loans program. The grant represented the removal of approximately 400 lead pipes delivering water to Racine residents."
October 5, 2021. Scalawag.Mississippi's childhood lead exposure interventions don't do enough for kids. "Though all kids using Medicaid health insurance are supposed to be tested, less than a quarter are annually in Mississippi. It worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic when annual wellness visits and subsequent lead screenings plummeted, while in-home exposures from leaded water and paint spiked for children in older homes due to lockdowns."
October 07, 2021. EIN Presswire. Could Lead Exposure Underlie Your Child’s “ADHD”? Study Says Under the Age of 6, Chances Are 50/50. "The physical effects of lead in the body can cause hyperactive or inattentive behavior that can result in a child being labeled with “ADHD.” Parents should consider asking their physician if the child should be tested for lead exposure. Parents can reduce the levels of lead in a child’s body by finding and fixing lead hazards in the home and by feeding the child food rich in iron, calcium and vitamin C, bringing about corresponding improvement in the child’s physical and mental health. Stimulant drugs typically prescribed for 'ADHD' are the subject of at least 34 drug regulatory agency warnings and 32 research studies showing adverse, even life-threatening effects of the drugs for children under the age of 18. CCHR has long recommended that children experiencing behavioral problems should get a complete physical examination with lab tests and nutritional screening to discover any underlying physical conditions that could be causing the behavior. Half of the youngest U.S. children have detectable levels of lead in their bodies, which can go untreated if behavior problems are only diagnosed as 'ADHD.' The first signs of lead poisoning in children are often subtle neurobehavioral problems that adversely affect classroom behavior and social interaction.” The importance of checking for possible lead exposure in children whose behavior is labeled as 'ADHD' is underscored by a recent report showing that half of U.S. children under the age of 6 were found to have detectable levels of lead in their blood, a condition known to cause hyperactivity and inattentiveness.
October 8, 2021. Gothamist. Newark Nears Finish On Lead Pipe Removal In Record Time. "Newark is close to meeting its goal of replacing every single lead pipe that pumps water into homes in New Jersey's largest city. So far, they've accomplished a record feat: replacing more than 22,000 lead service lines with copper pipes. City officials say all known lead service lines—garden hose-sized pipes that connect underground water mains to homes—have been removed. In the next two weeks, construction crews will double-check to make sure service lines marked as replaced or “not lead” on city records are truly lead-free. They currently have another 1,000 pipes to double-check."
October 7, 2021. Wausau environmental advocate receives 2021 Bill Iwen Award, "A Wausau environmental advocate who serves on the Wausau City Council is one of three people selected to receive the 2021 Bill Iwen Environmental Justice Award, according to a news release from Midwest Environmental Advocates. Tom Kilian of Wausau, Brenda Coley of the Milwaukee Water Commons and Richard Diaz of the Coalition on Lead Emergency (COLE) will be honored Oct. 26 at a virtual event. The Bill Iwen Environmental Justice Award was established in 2019 by Midwest Environmental Advocates, a nonprofit environmental law center, to recognize and honor those who are working to advance environmental justice in Wisconsin."
October 8, 2021. ABC News. Residents in Benton Harbor, Michigan, urged to use only bottled water due to elevated levels of lead. "State health officials released the warning Wednesday for the city of 9,600, located about 100 miles from Chicago."
July 19, 2021. Ohio Capital News. Report: 650,000 lead pipes still carry water in Ohio; 2nd most in U.S. "As many as 650,000 lead pipes statewide deliver water to Ohioans, according to a report released last week by the Natural Resources Defense Council. This makes Ohio the second worst state in the nation as measured by the estimated number of lead pipes (technically known as lead-containing service lines) in the water system, behind only Illinois with 730,000."
Lead Safe Housing is an issue in Buffalo's Mayoral Elections this year. July 20, 2021. Buffalo News. Letter: Walton is better qualified to protect Buffalo’s children. "Buffalo is just now beginning to implement a new series of local ordinances designed to keep families with young children from moving into lead contaminated apartments. In the meantime, a few thousand children in our city were needlessly poisoned. India Walton is campaigning on a platform to increase the supply of safe and affordable housing in Buffalo. She worked hard to defeat Brown in the Democratic primary. Let’s send her to City Hall in November and protect the next generation of Buffalo’s children."
In Wisconsin, children can be tested for lead poisoning at health departments and WIC offices. July 19, 2021. Wisconsin Department of Health. Site Visits Highlight Lead Safety Efforts. "Organizations throughout the state will showcase home lead abatement efforts. [ ] A blood-lead test, available at local health departments, WIC agencies, and health care clinics, is recommended for children who may have been exposed to lead paint."
July 21, 2021. Circle of Blue. Some Chicagoans Wary of Lead Pipe Replacement. "Mistrust of the government, fears related to immigration, and unclear messaging make the operation a hard sell in some neighborhoods. [ ] "Just as with public resistance to Covid-19 vaccines, the response to Chicago’s lead pipe replacement project is a story playing out in neighborhoods across the country. Government public interest initiatives, even with the best of intentions and resources, are being curtailed by mistrust."
July 22, 2021. TapInto. New Lead Poisoning Prevention Laws to Require Inspections in Rental Properties, Replacement of Service Lines. "Governor Phil Murphy signed a package of laws on Thursday to address the state's lead exposure and its harmful effects on public health and child development by signing a package of bills aimed protecting New Jersey’s families from lead poisoning. The legislation, which will require regular inspections for, and the remediation of, lead-based paint hazards in residential rental properties and require the inventory, replacement, and financing of lead service lines throughout the state within the next 10 years, will advance New Jersey as a national leader in lead poisoning prevention."
Is it time for an outside audit of the Cleveland Health Department? JULY 24, 2021. US News. Health commissioner calls Milwaukee's lead crisis imperative. "Johnson said the department has hired the Public Health Foundation, which conducted an audit on the lead abatement program last year, to review anywhere from 20% to 50% of the cases in 2020 and 2021 to identify problems. The Public Health Foundation is a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., that makes recommendations to public health agencies. Johnson said she wants the foundation to 'literally map out every process in that program and identify where the system has failed families, frankly.' She said her department needs to improve the quality and timeliness of how it reports on homes affected by lead. Johnson also said she wants to work with primary care doctors to better screen children and pregnant women for lead poisoning to avoid hospitalizations."