Lead Poisoning

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Advocates Praise Passing of Lead Poisoning Prevention Bill

“Childhood lead poisoning is a problem of statewide concern, affecting New Hampshire kids in rural and urban communities alike, and across all demographics, said Tom Irwin, director of the New Hampshire office of the Conservation Law Foundation. “But it’s a problem that disproportionately affects low-income families and some of our most vulnerable populations, and by impeding the ability of children to learn, it’s creating yet another barrier for families trying to break the cycle of poverty. Today, the House took an important step towards better protecting New Hampshire’s children and families.”

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Maine Makes Progress in Efforts to Prevent Lead Poisoning
by Phelps Turner

Maine has taken significant strides in preventing childhood lead poisoning by implementing a more protective standard for what constitutes poisoning. But a stronger standard will only help Maine’s children if local officials can actually implement it. And here’s where the State is falling short. As National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (October 22–28, 2017) approaches, we…

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To Protect Kids, Lead Poisoning Prevention is Key
by Tom Irwin

When it comes to childhood lead poisoning, it’s no surprise that prevention is essential. Because even low levels of lead exposure can cause permanent, irreversible harm – effectively robbing kids of their full potential – the best thing we can do is protect our kids from being exposed to lead in the first place. The…

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Help Spread the Word about Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning
by Tom Irwin

It’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, so here at CLF we’re getting the word out about the hazards of lead and ways we can protect our children – and we hope you’ll join us. Every year across New England, more than 12,000 kids are diagnosed with lead poisoning (that’s 12,000+ new kids each year). It’s…

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New Study Highlights Public Health Risks Facing New Bedford

“When a single community has two public schools, and over 500 other sites, that are known to contain hazardous toxics, there can be no doubt that aggressive action must be taken to protect public health and safety,” said Veronica Eady, CLF Vice President and Massachusetts Director. “That’s the situation facing New Bedford, where abundant pollution and a sluggish economy continue to fuel one another. This vicious cycle is particularly troubling for low-income residents and people of color, whose neighborhoods have been disproportionately plagued by these serious public health issues.”