Tell Congress to End Lead Poisoning Now

Lead poisoning is completely preventable, but there are still over 535,000 children with elevated blood lead levels in the United States. Even at low levels, childhood exposure to lead has lifelong consequences including decreased IQ and cognitive function, developmental delays, and behavioral problems; very high exposures can cause seizures, coma, and even death. Children of color and children from low-income housing are disproportionately impacted by lead poisoning. It is completely unacceptable to poison our children. We must find and eliminate lead hazards before children are exposed, and we must provide needed services to those already impacted.  

The time for the new administration and Congress to write the budget for Fiscal Year 2018 is fast approaching. In the wake of Flint and the lead poisoning crises across the country, this budget must include funding to eliminate lead poisoning. Programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Education, and the Environmental Protection Agency are critical in eliminating lead hazards, identifying children exposed to lead, and providing needed services. We urge Congress and the administration to launch a national comprehensive effort to eliminate lead poisoning in five years by increasing funding to these programs.

Sign this petition and demand that Congress:

Increase funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes from $110 million to $2.5 billion annually over five years. This will allow us to fix lead hazards proactively in all at-risk low-income housing before they harm children.

Increase funding for the CDC’s Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program from $17 million to $50 million. This will provide blood lead level surveillance and outreach for all states, not just some.

Provide $25 million in new funding for EPA to increase enforcement, including by grants to states, of the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule, public awareness of the Rule’s requirements, and the use of lead-safe work practices. This will ensure that children across the U.S. are protected from lead poisoning when their homes are renovated. 

Provide significant additional funds to local governments to replace lead drinking water pipes.

Ensure that states have the funds necessary to enroll children with elevated blood lead levels in the Head Start and Early Head Start programs, allocate the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act parts B and C in part based on numbers of children in communities with elevated blood lead levels, and fund research to test best educational interventions for children exposed to lead. This will ensure that affected children receive needed services to enhance cognitive development and lifelong success.

#FindFixFund #SHHCoalition @NCHH

 

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