The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $30,000 to help educate Baltimore families about the risks to young children of lead poisoning , which despite progress made in reducing exposure over the years still affects nearly 3,000 youngsters across Maryland.
"The Nigerian village that suffered one of the world’s worst recorded incidents of lead poisoning is now habitable and doctors can start treating more than 1,000 contaminated children, a doctor and a scientist from two international agencies said Friday…"
Get the lead out! If you’re doing work on an older home or school building, be sure to follow lead-safe work practices. Contain the work area and keep kids and pets away. Minimize dust. And clean up thoroughly. Lead is harmful to adults and children, and common renovation jobs like sanding, cutting, or demolition can create lead dust and chips.
"Lead exposure, even in very low amounts, has a negative effect on young children taking school tests, according to a new study by researchers at UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services…"
A Taiwanese battery plant had extremely high levels of lead but tried to cover up the evidence. Workers are required to get tested every year but they are never shown the results. The plant has been closed down temporarily for investigation.
According to the CDC, lead poisoning rates have dropped by 50% since the mid-90’s. This could be attributed to better work place conditions and a decreased number of employees working in mining and manufacturing businesses that involve lead, lead paint and lead dust.
There is a lead-poisoning outbreak in China from a tinfoil factory and it is affecting many children. Unfortunately, many of these kids have been denied testing and treatment. The government has been issuing out false information on how to prevent/cure lead poisoning.
An interesting article on the reduction of crime due to the banning of lead in paint and gasoline. It proposes that lead poisoning increases aggression and leaves individuals without impulse control. Without these lead effects, people, especially men, do not usually grow as hostile and they have an easier time walking away without acting upon their impulses.
Access the course through National Environmental Health Association’s e-Learning Website. Tracking 101 gives an overview of the major components of Environmental Public Health Tracking. Topics include the National Tracking Network and Program; surveillance and epidemiology; tracking data; GIS; and communication. This version features updated information, improved design, and printable resources. Free continuing education credits from CDC are available for nurses
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, summarizing 25 years of data on federal and state housing and community development, found that WI received 42 federal dollars per capita over this time period compared to the national average for federal funding for all states of 82 dollars per capita.
Our next meeting of the Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Elimination Plan Implementation and Oversight Committee is Tuesday, September 14, 2010. For more infomation please contact HUD@kenoshacounty.org
Our organization deals with the Enivronmental Protection Agency a little bit; we use their recommendations for what windows and such to install. In case you never took the EPA seriously, you should check out this link to their “Fugitives” section of their website. Don’t mess with the EPA.