Protecting Our Children from Lead Poisoning
Long recognized as a dangerous toxin that can result in serious health problems, lead was removed from our gasoline and paint decades ago. But the problem of lead poisoning in children has not gone away. CLF is working to strengthen New Hampshire and Maine laws to better protect our children from this preventable, life-altering problem.
CLF in Action
In recent years, CLF has brought together a diverse group of New Hampshire stakeholders – public health officials, children’s advocates, property owners, and lead professionals, among others – to develop meaningful, long-lasting solutions to the state’s ongoing problem of childhood lead poisoning.
Experts agree that the two most critical tools in addressing childhood lead poisoning are improving screening and, of course, preventing children from being poisoned in the first place. CLF took a leading role in New Hampshire in crafting statewide legislation to address these needs. CLF and our partners have also been working to identify needed solutions at the community level, with a focus on the City of Manchester, where the problem is particularly acute.
We’re also at work in Maine to ensure that the state’s strong lead protection bill isn’t weakened by proposed budget cuts