State and federal laws mandate that Maine test 100% of the toddlers covered by MaineCare for lead poisoning. The actual screening rates fall far short of that target, leaving our most vulnerable children at risk of lifelong harm. Maine needs to step up and follow the law.
It’s a troubling reality that in many schools and childcare facilities – places where we send our kids to learn and be safe – our children can be exposed to lead in their drinking water. And it’s especially troubling that in New Hampshire, like most states, we don’t have health-based standards to protect our kids from that harmful lead exposure. This legislative session, we’ll be working to correct that problem.
If your home was built before 1978, it’s essential to the health of your family that you ask an important question: Will my home improvement project disturb lead-based paint?
A new law in New Hampshire adopts much-needed protections to stem the tide of childhood lead poisoning cases in the state.
Every year, several hundred New Hampshire children are found to be poisoned by lead. Even at low levels of exposure, lead is a dangerous neurotoxin that can result in permanent, irreversible harm, such as cognitive impairment, learning disabilities, hearing loss, and delayed language skills. And, with so many New Hampshire homes and apartments built before…
Recently proposed cuts in the 2018–2019 Maine state budget would dramatically reduce funding for lead poisoning prevention efforts, leaving our children vulnerable to lifelong harm.
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…
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…
It’s that time of year when many of us get moving on projects in and around our homes – either on our own, or with the help of contractors. If your home was built before 1978, though, it’s essential to the health of your family that you ask an important question: Will my home improvement…
On July 13, Governor Maggie Hassan signed a new law to better protect New Hampshire kids from the tragic and avoidable problem of lead poisoning. Passage of this important legislation is the culmination of a strong bipartisan effort, as well as the hard work of a broad group of stakeholders, including CLF. In New Hampshire…