Baltimore Funding for Lead Abatement Projects is Gone

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Source: Cochrane & Associates, LLC

The environmental and building consulting experts at Sussex Environmental Health Consultants (SEHC) provide testing services for lead and other heavy

Lewes, DE, April 4th, 2011 -- Last month The Baltimore Sun reported that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has decided to cut off funding for lead abatement in Baltimore.  The article states the decision was made because of mismanagement of the program.  The city’s health department program had been on probation since 2007.  In response, Mayor Rawlings-Blake has decided to move the entire program to the city’s Department of Housing and Community Development.

 

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Childhood lead poisoning remains a major environmental health problem in the U.S.' One of the most common sources of lead in homes and other structures is from lead based paints.   Even decades after their use was banned, they still persist in older homes and buildings.

 

Lead causes a variety of adverse health effects, including brain and nervous system disorders, high blood pressure and hypertension, and reproductive problems. For children, even low levels of exposure to lead can cause a host of developmental effects such as learning disabilities, decreased intelligence and speech, language, and behavioral problems.

 

In the Mid-Atlantic region, one of the primary consulting firms called upon to handle lead investigations and projects is Sussex Environmental Health Consultants.  “Many building renovation activities such as sanding, cutting and demolition can all create situations that expose children and other occupants to lead dust,” reported Susan White, Ph.D., CMC, President of SEHC.    “Even properties without these construction activities can be a real threat to children.  Surfaces with lead based paints age over time and begin to flake off and spread throughout the home.  The only way to know for sure if these painted surfaces contain lead based paints is to test them.  Fortunately, lead testing is a quick and affordable way for people to protect their families and SEHC can help,” she continued. 

 

To learn more about lead or how Sussex Environmental Health Consultants can provide services to protect people from lead dangers, please visit http://www.sussexenvironmental.com/, email susan.white@mchsi.com or call (302) 947-1810.

 

About Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, LLC

SEHC is a certified woman owned business that provides environmental and health and safety consulting services.  The company is located in the Mid-Atlantic and services clients nationwide.  SEHC provides solutions to clients ranging from homeowners to international Fortune 500 corporations.

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