Articles Posted in North Carolina Lead Poisoning

Childhood lead exposure causes permanent brain damage with lifelong consequences, according to new research from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  Researchers led by Kim Cecil used functional MRI technology to show that activity decreases in regions of the brain that control decision-making and emotional response in people who suffered lead exposure as children.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency recently has fined a Long Beach, Calif., property owner $7,952 for allegedly violating federal lead-based paint disclosure requirements at six rental properties.

During a routine inspection in 2005, the EPA discovered that residential property owner James Williams failed to disclose whether reports about lead-based paint or lead hazards existed for his apartment complex prior to tenants signing lease agreements which was in violation of the federally regulated Toxic Substances Control Act.

“This action confirms EPA’s commitment to enforcing toxic substances regulations to protect families, especially children, from potential lead-based paint hazards,” said Katherine Taylor, associate director of the EPA’s Communities and Ecosystems Division for the Pacific Southwest region. “Childhood lead poisoning from exposure to lead-based paint chips or dust continues to be an environmental challenge. Without adequate information about lead hazards, tenants and home owners cannot protect themselves and their families from the significant risks that these hazards present.”

As reported on November 4, 2009 by the Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore city jury has recently awarded more than $2.5 million to a pair of siblings who were poisoned by lead-based paint while living in a West Baltimore rowhouse that their mother had been told was “lead safe.”

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