Budget Cuts Hurting Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs
Lead poisoning is an even bigger problem than we used to think. The CDC lowered the threshhold for a lead poisoning diagnosis by half just last year. Now that Lead Poisoning Prevention Month has come to an end once again, we must ask--Lead paint and lead in gasoline have been gone for a long time--why is lead poisoning still an issue?
According to an article we recently read on ThinkProgress:
"Even though lead paint was banned in 1978, the toxin is still present in three-quarters of homes built before the ban. Twenty years ago, Congress committed to addressing this problem by establishing the Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. Since then, that office has partnered with states, cities, and the private sector to remove lead from over 200,000 homes.."
The Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control is part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Sequester cuts have already reduced the budget for housing, including money for lead removal programs. And the House Appropriations Committee has approved a bill which would cut more than half of lead removal plan budgets.
Exposure to lead causes many health and developmental problems which make it harder for Americans to become educated and contributing members of society. Lead poisoning has also been linked to crime rates. We hope that our elected officials can find a way to retain and restore funding for removal of this dangerous material from our homes and prevent lead poisoning cases from increasing in the future.
If your home was built before 1978, lead paint may still be a danger to you and your family. If you need lead paint removed safely anywhere in California, contact Alliance Environmental Group!