Since Flint hit the headlines, national media have found renewed focus on lead poisoning issues.
July 29, 2016 Rooflines Our Denial and Inaction On the Issue of Lead How far does the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) denial about leaded drinking water go?
July 20, 2016 NBC News, Lead Rules Provide Only an 'Illusion of Safety,' Pediatricians Say
Lead standards are not protecting children and doctors need to do more to help prevent kids from getting contaminated in the first place, the top pediatricians' group said Monday
June 15, 2016 Lead risk for 1 in 7 children in the USWhile overall lead poisoning in the US is declining, "hot spots" remain and Ohio is one of the states leading the leaders of the pack.
Washington Post reports "In one city after another, the tests showed startling numbers of children with unsafe blood lead levels: Poughkeepsie and Syracuse and Buffalo. Erie and Reading. Cleveland and Cincinnati." The article continues: "In certain regions of the country, including parts of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, more than 1 in 7 children tested for elevated levels of lead in their blood. Minnesota had the highest overall rate of young children with disturbing blood lead levels, at 10.3 percent. That was followed by Pennsylvania (7.8 percent), Kentucky (7.1 percent), Ohio (7 percent) and Connecticut (6.7 percent)."
When does news like this become a call to action for the General Assembly and the Governor? Right now the only state dollars spent on lead poisoning come from penalties levied by the ODH.
RHINO would be remiss in failing to note a couple bright spots.