EPA Places Stricter Regulations on Airborne Lead
The Environmental Protection Agency tightened the regulatory
limit on airborne lead for the first time in 30 years, lowering the
legal maximum to a tenth of what it was on the grounds that it poses
a more serious threat to young children than officials had realized.
Lead Levels are Bad
"There is no safe level of lead in the blood in
terms of effects on the brain. Any amount of lead has the potential
to affect neurobehavioral performance."
High Calcium Levels
During Pregnancy Lowers Fetal Lead Levels
Women who consume high levels of daily calcium supplements
during pregnancy show a marked reduction in lead levels in their
blood, according to a new study, which suggests that calcium could
play a critical role in reducing fetal and infant exposure.
2008 Health Plus
Signs Consumer Bill; Boosts Funding, Cuts Lead
Legislation aimed at improving U.S. consumer product safety after
millions of Chinese-made toys were recalled last summer was signed
into law by President George W. Bush on Thursday. The measure
dramatically cuts the amount of lead allowed in toys and other
children's products, increases funding for the Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC) and partially bans controversial
plastic-softening chemicals called phthalates.
Lawyers in R.I. Lead Paint Case Argue Court Costs
A lawyer for Rhode Island said that three former lead paint
companies should not be allowed to recoup costs from a nine-year
legal fight with the state that ended last month in their favor. The
state Supreme Court in July overturned a landmark jury verdict that
found Sherwin-Williams Co. and two other companies responsible for
creating a public nuisance. The three companies now want to recover
they money they spent defending the lawsuit, which was filed in
1999, though they have not specified the precise amount.
List: Lead in Children's Toys and Products (7-11-08)
Childhood Lead Exposure Associated With Criminal Behavior in
New research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) reports the
first evidence of a direct link between prenatal and early-childhood
lead exposure and an increased risk for criminal behavior later in
Your Home……Protect Your Family from Lead Poisoning (PDF)
As summertime approaches, many of us focus on improving our
home environments. As you begin to open and close your windows and
doors, paint, or renovate your home, be aware of the age of the
property you are working on; If it was built before 1978, it can be
a source of lead-based paint exposure.
High-stakes Lead Paint Case to Rhode Island Supreme Court
Three companies that once made lead paint have spent nearly a
decade fighting off a lawsuit that could force them to pay billions
to clean up contaminated properties. The case heads to the Rhode
Island Supreme Court on Thursday, more than two years after a jury
found that Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries Inc. and Millennium
Holdings LLC were liable for creating a public nuisance in the first
verdict of its kind.
Local Churches Lead
Charge Against Lead Poisoning (PDF) !
Cleansing Saginaw area homes of their lead poisoning
potential sits atop the agenda for some local religious leaders. The
Faith Based Lead Poisoning Prevention Project stemmed from these
individuals’ desire to improve public health, said the Rev. Marvin
Smith, pastor of Mount Olive Institutional Baptist Church.
District Connects Lead
with Special Ed