But in what seems a supreme irony, it was announced last week that government funding for the CDC’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program have just been cut from $29.2 million to $2 million.
The money from the CDC goes to state health departments for providing education, screenings and data collection. The Department of Housing and Urban Development provides funds for remediation and that budget has shrunk in recent years as well.
Although the use of lead paint was banned in 1978, older homes can still harbor this dangerous material and in forms easily ingested by small children: paint chips and paint dust released by opening windows and doors and general wear and tear.
Lead poisoning, even at very low levels, causes learning disabilities, delayed language development, behavioral problems, kidney failure and even death, among many other effects.
Alliance Environmental Group hopes that everyone becomes more aware and alert to the dangers of lead poisoning and that efforts to end exposure to these materials remain a high priority until lead poisoning becomes a problem only of the past.
To learn more about the fight to end lead poisoning, check out LeadFreeKids.org
Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for Alliance Environmental Group and AirTek Indoor Air Solutions. We welcome your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on indoor air challenges, Like us at AirTek on Facebook!