Lead Poisoning - Rochester, NY area 


Consider how Lead Poisoning has affected the health of so many young Rochesterians.   

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Page Contents: Lead Poisoning NewsLinks| Discussions | Resources | Monitoring Lead Poisoning | Education


Lead Poisoning Lead Poisoning Issue in Rochester, NY - Lead poisoning is a major problem in our area and affects the health of our children. 

Learn about the news stories and what you can do. The point to get about our Lead Poisoning problem is not that we have a serious lead poisoning problem--we do. 

Most cities in the US and perhaps around the world have this problem. 

The point is that Rochester, NY is taking this problem seriously and putting it up front and center of its concern--not hiding it and not dealing with it, as many communities do.


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Lead Poisoning Discussions

Rochester area information or discussions pertaining to our environmental health issue of Lead Poisoning

  • 3/25/2016 - Important notice about lead poisoning to parents of school age children from The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning: “Dear Parents/Guardians of School Age Children: Lead in drinking water has been in the news recently. Parents/guardians are right to be concerned about childhood lead exposure. However, the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning wants you to know that the main sources for childhood lead poisoning in New York State is paint in homes built before 1978, and renovation projects that do not follow lead safe work practices, not drinking water. The Coalition wants you to know that lead content found in water fountains does not pose a significant risk for children. It is NYS law that every child get tested for lead at age one and again at age two. And yet, only about 60% of the one year olds and about 25% of the two year olds get tested for exposure to lead in Monroe County. We can do better! It is vitally important to get that second test, as that is the time when babies begin exploring their world, spend a lot of time on the floor, and where the majority of lead dust can be found.” More…
  • Stop Lead Poisoning Get the Lead Out: This is an excellent
    story that encapsulates what at first appears to be a minor issue. But, until you pull away and get an idea of how many lead bullets eventually end up in our environment because of the years of accumulated lead from firing ranges, hunting, etc. you don’t understand the potential danger. Rochester leads the country in protecting our children against lead poisoning and if we are going to really do the job, curbing lead ammo must be a part of the solution. more...
  • We Don’t Have to Machinegun Our Lakes. Just when you thought the government seemed hell-bent on something as reckless and environmentally unfriendly (remember lead bullets mean lead poisoning (that’s why we have laws against using lead sinkers anymore)) as using live machine gun fire on the open Great Lakes, they come up with something sensible. more...


Resources on Lead Poisoning

Check the major sources on Lead Poisoning in order to get rules and regulations and what is being done on this issue.

  • Western New York Lead Poisoning Resource Center Rochester Office - Western New York Lead Poisoning Resource Center Serving Nine Counties in the Finger Lakes Region | "The Rochester office of the Western NY Lead Poisoning Resource Center provides: Education and support to medical providers and local health departments within the region. Our center works to improve lead testing and provide education and prevention activities Consultation with medical providers on the medical management of children and pregnant women with lead poisoning Consultation with local health department staff on case coordination of children and pregnant women with lead poisoning Provision of lead poisoning prevention information and materials to medical providers and the public "
  • Lead Safe By 2010 The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning, a partner of the Finger Lakes Health System Agency, is a non-profit organization of community citizens who share this conviction: Childhood lead poisoning can and must end. Lead poisoning is a public health issue, a housing issue, an education issue, an environmental issue, and a justice issue. No matter what your profession, your zip code, or the amount in your bank account; you can help stop this totally preventable public health hazard. Coalition's email contact - dhazle@leadsafeby2010.org
  • Childhood Lead Poisoning The federal Centers for Disease Control call childhood lead poisoning one of the most common and preventable pediatric health problems today. Even at low levels, exposure to lead can cause serious and permanent damage to the health of young children. --from HOME - OFFICE OF THE NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ANDREW M. CUOMO
  • Lead Home | Lead in Paint, Dust, and Soil | US EPA Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead also can be emitted into the air from motor vehicles and industrial sources, and lead can enter drinking water from plumbing materials. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and under are most at risk.
  • CDC - Lead - Home Page Approximately 250,000 U.S. children aged 1-5 years have blood lead levels greater than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, the level at which CDC recommends public health actions be initiated. Lead poisoning can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead poisoning often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized. CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is committed to the Healthy People goal of eliminating elevated blood lead levels in children by 2010. --from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - HUD programs related to lead-based paint in housing; includes guidelines on controlling lead-based paint hazards.
  • Environmental Health | Public Health Monroe County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program 
  • Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs in Local Health Departments The State Department of Health supports the lead poisoning prevention activities of local health departments statewide. New York State provides funding, materials and other support to the state's 57 counties and New York City. These local programs: Find and reduce sources of lead before they can harm children; Teach the public, health care providers, and others about lead; Promote lead testing for children and pregnant women, to make sure lead poisoning is found as early as possible; Help children with lead poisoning by making sure children get the testing, education, and treatment they need; and, by helping families find the sources of lead in their home. --from New York State Department of Health
  • City of Rochester | Lead Hazard Reduction Program Each year, hundreds of children in our area are tested and found to have elevated blood lead levels. They will suffer lifetime effects of lead poisoning, including impaired physical development, lower educational performance, attention problems, and aggressive or even violent behavior. --from http://www.cityofrochester.gov
  • NOFLAC | National Organization Firing-range Lead Abatement and Containment |  http://noflac.org/ “NOFLAC was conceived in Rochester, NY in 1999. While visiting friends who lived near a gun club, we were drawn to the fact that bullets and shot are generally made of lead, but we learned that there were no laws against discharging lead shot into the environment. This led us to further investigate this gun club and find out what preventive measures the gun club was using to keep lead and other metals from leaching into the soil and groundwater. What we found out shocked us. Gun clubs do not have to follow ANY rules, laws or even recommendations with regard to containing lead and metals contamination.”
  • Leadfreekids.org "The Lead-Free Kids campaign is joint effort of the Ad Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness of lead hazards and alert the public - especially parents and caregivers of children under six - to lead prevention resources, including: • Facts about lead • Lead poisoning prevention information for your home, school, or workplace, or during your home renovation or as a property manager or landlord • Information on lead prevention and cleanup assistance in your local community • Educational and outreach materials on lead poisoning prevention Through the use of the information contained in this website, the public will be better able to make informed decisions regarding lead prevention for themselves and their families "


Monitor Lead Poisoning in our area

One of the things the Internet does well is accumulate lots of specific information for specific area--and this is a great boon to locating incidents of lead poisoning.

  • Lead Hazard Report: NEW YORK Get information on these topics: Map Locating Lead Hazards, Lead Hazard Indicators and Comparative Rankings, Blood Lead Levels In Children, Hot Spots of Lead Air Quality, Hazards, Action Tools, Links--Scorecard.org
  • Getting the Lead out: Rochester is already a leader in addressing the lead in our homes, from decades when lead-based paint was considered safe.  But, there's also lead in the air not just our Rochester air but all over the country.  Find out how much lead there is in Rochester's air, how and where it is monitored. NRDC: Get the Lead Out: Lead in Your Neighborhood From , zoom in an find out what's going on with lead in your neighborhood --Rochester Google Lead Map.


Education on Lead Poisoning

We are learning more and more on the repercussions of lead poisoning and how to prevent it. .

  • Local Laws Key to Reducing Dangers of Lead Poisoning A new study appearing this week in theJournal of Health Politics, Policy, and Lawcatalogues community-based efforts to develop strategies and policies that – by targeting high risk housing – may hold the key to reducing lead hazards in children’s homes. “Lead poisoning has long been characterized as a health problem with a housing solution,” said Katrina Korfmacher, Ph.D., director of theCommunity Outreach and Engagement Core of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Environmental Health Sciences Center and co-author of the study. “It is, therefore, critical that local communities – where the ability to regulate private housing often resides – understand the unique role that they can play in reducing exposure.” Lead is recognized as the most significant environmental hazard to children in the U.S.  Federal laws – most notably the banning of lead from gasoline in 1976 and paint in 1978 – have been critical to reducing exposure to lead. While these and other federal and state actions have contributed to the rapid decline in the overall rates of childhood lead poisoning, rates remain high in some communities and are particularly pronounced in low income urban areas with older rental housing.  (May 6, 2013) UR Medical Center
  • Learn all you need to know about Lead Poisoning from the experts: Lead Poisoning from the New York State Department of Health. 
  • Toxic Chemicals & Health: Kids' Health: In Brief: FAQs Lead Paint in Schools Natural Resources Defense Council 
  • Why is lead so toxic?  Find out Living on Earth: The Secret Life of Lead  - from Living on Earth: Sound Journalism for the Whole Planet