Thursday, July 21, 2016

Democrats Add Lead Poisoning Elimination to Platform

Earlier this month, the Democratic Party added lead poisoning elimination to its platform. This is the first time a major political party has acknowledged the lead poisoning at such an explicit level:

"Democrats believe we must make it a national priority to eradicate lead poisoning which disproportionately impacts low-income children and children of color and can lead to lifelong health and educational challenges, as a public health threat. We will prioritize hiring and training workers from affected communities to clean up toxic brownfields and expand clean energy, energy efficiency, and resilient infrastructure."

On a similar note, the The House Appropriations committee voted to keep funding for CDC's Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at $17 million, and the Asthma Control program at $29 million.

Many would argue in the 21st century lead exposure should no longer be an issue, nevertheless, these are positive steps towards lead poisoning eradication.

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Contractors and construction workers have to stay particularly vigilant when working on older homes. If you attend to remove lead, you must be certified for Lead Abatement. If you are working on pre-1978 homes or child occupied facilities you must be a certified Lead Renovator.

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