Coalition: Success of Local Lead Programs at Risk

Jun 25, 2013

The group Coalition for the Prevention of Lead Poisoning says a proposal to cut funding to the Department of Housing and Urban Development could have a significant impact on the progress in the fight against lead poisoning.

Coalition co-chair Mel Callan says the city and county lead programs currently in place are in jeopardy if that proposal, which would cut lead safety funding to HUD by 60 percent, passes Congress.
Representative Louise Slaughter is leading the fight to make sure that doesn't happen.

Meanwhile, the group is also offering mixed reaction to a new report from the Monroe County Department of Public Health.
It says while the number of lead-poisoned children is down, so is the number of children being tested.

The report also show statistics for children with a blood-lead level of 10 micrograms per deciliter.
Callan says the Center for Disease Control's Advisory Committee is recommending lowering the level of intervention down to five micrograms per deciliter.

Callan adds no level of lead is safe, and lead poisoning is not reversible.