Slaughter Secures $110 Million in Lead Safety Funding
Bill Adds $60 Million to Original House Proposal
ROCHESTER, NY – Today, Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) announced $110 million for lead poisoning prevention from the funding package that passed last week – a $60 million increase over the original proposal offered by House Republicans last year.
In April of last year, Slaughter pushed for an increase in funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. In June, Rep. Slaughter criticized House Republicans’ effort to gut lead safety funding by 61 percent in the Fiscal Year 2014 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations package. Funding was restored to a level of $110 million in the final legislation.
“Our local campaign against eradicating lead poisoning has been a massive success and a model for the nation – now is not the time to hold back on our efforts,” Rep. Slaughter said. “I pushed for this increase in funding because no child in America should be subject to the permanent damage caused by lead poisoning, and parents deserve the peace of mind that their home is a safe place for their children.”
Slaughter also worked to protect funding for the Centers for Disease Control’s Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program after 94% of the funding for the program was cut in FY12. The $15 million in funding represents a seven-fold increase from the $2 million figure provided in FY12.
Rochester has made remarkable progress on preventing child lead poisoning in recent years, but more must be done. According to the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning, the number of detected cases of lead poisoning in Monroe County children under six years old fell for the third straight year, down to 182 children in 2012 from 222 in 2011 and 290 in 2010. Since 2000, the number of children under six years old in Monroe County testing positive for lead poisoning has declined by over 85 percent.
“I want to thank Rep. Slaughter for pushing for this increase in funding. Locally, we’ve seen lead poisoning cases in children drop almost ten-fold since 2000, and if we want to ultimately eradicate lead poisoning in our community, we have to maintain our investment in detection and prevention,” said Mel Callan, co-chair of the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning.
Lead is a highly toxic metal that when absorbed by the skin, inhaled, or swallowed can cause behavioral and cognitive problems, damage to vital organs, and mental and physical development problems. To learn more, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/nlppw.htmor call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD. To contact the New York State Department of Health about NLPPW events, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/healthyhomes/programs/ny.htm.
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