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June 25, 2018

EPA Proposes Strengthening the Dust-Lead Hazard Standards to Reduce Exposures to Children

Late Friday, EPA released a proposal to lower the dust-lead hazard standards
for public comment. See below for a link to the press release and a
prepublication version of the Federal Register notice containing the proposed

June 1, 2017

EPA Administrator Responds To Petition To Maintain Lead Poisoning Regulations

See the attached link for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's response to the petition the GHHI was a signatory to that called on the EPA to maintain and strengthen lead regulations.

November 20, 2014 | Huffington Post

'Little Things Matter' Exposes Big Threat To Children's Brains

Tiny amounts of lead, chemical flame retardants and organophosphate pesticides, among other toxins, course through the blood of nearly every American.

September 4, 2014 | Reuters

Smoke-free building policies cut indoor exposure: study

Apartment dwellers who don’t smoke still can’t escape second-hand smoke completely, but in smoke-free buildings exposure to the tiny particles in cigarette smoke may be cut by half or more, according to a new study.Researchers in Boston monitored indoor air at public housing projects transitioning to a smoke-free policy and tracked tobacco smoke as it traveled to adjacent apartments and down common hallways.

August 26, 2014 | The Atlantic

If You Have Allergies or Asthma, Talk to Your Doctor About Cap and Trade

Yesterday researchers released findings that say an economy-wide cap on carbon emissions stands to pay for itself about 10 times over in near-term human medical benefits, specifically reductions in costs associated with respiratory diseases, like asthma, and premature death. A standard, economy-wide cap and trade program, the MIT-based research team found, would result in a net benefit of $125 billion in human health costs. The work is published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

July 11, 2014 | The Wall Street Journal

Study: Asthma has $1.3B impact on New York

Asthma is costing New York's Medicaid system more than half a billion dollars a year, according to a report released Friday that urges the state to do more to help those affected by the respiratory illness. 

July 8, 2014 | Maryland Department of Environment

Maryland Department of Environment Seeks Penalties, Corrective Actions for Alleged Violations of Land, Air and Water Regulations

The Maryland Department of the Environment today announced major enforcement actions in recent months for alleged violations of State and federal environmental laws to protect public health and our land, air, water and wetlands resources.

July 2, 2014 | Medical News Today

Lead in preschool kids' blood tied to behavioral problems

Although it is well documented that lead exposure lowers children's IQ, we know little about its effect on their behavioral and emotional health.

July 2, 2014 | Cumberland Times-News

Laws change on lead rules for rental properties

In order to protect more children from the dangers of lead poisoning, Maryland is changing the rules on the registration of rental properties, according to Maryland Department of the Environment officials.

March 20, 2014 | The Baltimore Sun

10 hidden dangers at home

We like to think of our home as a safe haven where we can rest, unwind and enjoy times with friends and family. But there's danger lurking where you least expect it. 

March 18, 2014 | The Atlantic

The toxins that threaten our brains

Leading scientists recently identified a dozen chemicals as being responsible for widespread behavioral and cognitive problems. But the scope of the chemical dangers in our environment is likely even greater.

December 12, 2013 | The Huffington Post

Are toxic chemicals in building materials making us sick?

A report published on Wednesday underscores the potential dangers of this vast and largely undisclosed stew of chemicals hiding in the building materials of modern homes, schools, hospitals and offices—indoor spaces in which Americans now spend an estimated 90 percent of their time.

December 5, 2013 | Maryland Department of Environment

MDE Seeks Penalties, Corrective Actions for Alleged Violations of Land, Air and Water Regulations

The Maryland Department of the Environment today announced major enforcement actions in recent months for alleged violations of S

September 24, 2013 | Baltimore Sun

Lead poisoning cases continue to decline

The number of Maryland children poisoned by lead fell to a new low again last year, even as state officials expanded their effort to deal with a much larger pool of youngsters harboring lower levels of the harmful substance in their blood.

September 16, 2013 | USA Today

Efforts to stop lead poisoning could be at risk

Congress all but eliminated federal funding to prevent lead poisoning in 2012, cutting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's lead budget by more than 90%.

August 15, 2013 | Baltimore Sun

Housing agency pays $6.8 million to lead paint victims

Using funds meant to help poor families find affordable places to live, Baltimore's public housing agency has paid nearly $6.8 million in long-standing court judgments for lead poisoning suffered by six former residents when they were young children.

August 15, 2013 | USA Today

Lead poisoning's impact: kids suspended more at school

New findings show that even children mildly affected by lead poisoning as infants or toddlers run a higher risk of being suspended from school by fourth grade.

April 28, 2013 | Detroit Free Press

Kids put at risk for lead poisoning as programs cut

Detroit has some of the highest child lead poisoning levels among all large U.S. cities because of the city’s older housing stock and the prevalence of lead paint usage in the 1970s and earlier.

April 4, 2013 | Boston Globe

Lead poisoning toll revised to 1 in 38 young kids

More than half a million U.S. children are now believed to have lead poisoning, roughly twice the previous high estimate, health officials reported Thursday.

March 18, 2013 | NPR

To control asthma, start with the home instead of the child

It's well-known that asthma attacks are triggered by dust, mold, pests such as mice and cockroaches, polluted air, and other environmental aggravations.

March 8, 2013 | New York Times

Construction that focuses on health of residents

Doctors, social agencies and community groups that have long been frustrated by the inability to alleviate environmental conditions that contribute to ailments like heart disease and obesity are promoting the idea that a shift in land-use planning and design can stanch some of the harmful influences.

February 27, 2013 | Time Magazine

The Legacy of Lead: How the Metal Affects Academic Achievement

Lead exposure may be on the decline, but it’s still taking its toll on children’s performance in school.

February 25, 2013 | Detroit Free Press

High lead poisoning linked to lower test scores in Detroit

The greater the lead poisoning in a Detroit Public Schools student's blood, the higher the likelihood he or she will do poorly on achievement tests – even after accounting for contributing factors such as poverty.

January 14, 2013 | Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

Lead exposure may be linked to lower test scores

Lead exposure may be linked to lower test scores among Wisconsin fourth-graders, and exposure rates among African-American and Hispanic children are roughly double those of white children, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

January 4, 2013 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Children are still poisoned by lead – thousands of them

Lead poisoning of children continues to be a serious health problem – and one that science has linked to lower and lower levels of exposure even as government has opted for greater and greater cuts in prevention programs.

January 1, 2013 | Mother Jones

America's Real Criminal Element: Lead

New research finds lead is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic. And fixing the problem is a lot cheaper than doing nothing.

December 17, 2012 | NPR

Lead poisoning cases offer new reminder about hazards of ancient remedies

Recently New York City health officials reported the city's first two cases of childhood lead poisoning related to Ayurveda, an ancient Hindu medical tradition that dates back some 5,000 years.

December 4, 2012 | New York Times

The Affordable Housing Crisis

The precious few federal programs that provide rental assistance to the nation’s poorest and most vulnerable families are already underfinanced.

November 30, 2012 | CNN

10 Ways Falling Off the Fiscal Cliff Could Hurt Your Health

If President Barack Obama and Congress cannot reach an agreement on the fiscal cliff, economic experts agree it would be devastating. It would likely send the country back into recession, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and some 3.4 million jobs would be lost.

November 7, 2012 | The Denver Post

Denver detects lead in tap water, urges residents to limit exposure

Drinking water in one out of eight Denver homes with lead plumbing may be contaminated with lead — a health hazard that causes brain and nerve damage, especially in children.

February 11, 2009 | The Early Show

Early Show anchor moms against lead

The Early Show is on lead's case.


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