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ERIC Number: ED457997
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 52
Abstractor: N/A
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ISBN: N/A
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Eliminating Childhood Lead Poisoning: A Federal Strategy Targeting Lead Paint Hazards.
Noting that lead poisoning is a preventable disease, this report details a coordinated federal program to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in the United States. The report describes how lead poisoning harms children, how pervasive lead poisoning is, and how lead paint hazards in housing could be eliminated in 10 years. Following information on the President's Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children and lists of the members of the Task Force and the Lead Poisoning Prevention Workgroup, the report presents an executive summary and a budget summary. The report's introduction details sources of lead poisoning and information on incidence. Current and on-going federal programs and activities to control lead poisoning and identify lead paint hazards are described. The report then proposes a 10-year plan that will create 2.3 million lead-safe homes for low-income families with children. The report compares the costs of short- and long-term hazard controls and discusses the benefits of eliminating childhood lead poisoning. The following recommendations are put forth as keys to a successful lead hazard control strategy: (1) act before children are poisoned; (2) identify and care for lead-poisoned children; (3) conduct research; and (4) measure progress and refine lead poisoning prevention strategies. The report concludes with a list of resources. Appended is information on the methodology used to project numbers of lead poisoned children and trends in the American housing stock. (Contains 31 endnotes and 63 other references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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