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Policies to Reduce Lead Exposure: Lessons from Buffalo and Rochester

Date: Oct 11, 2018
Author(s): Sam Magavern
Topic(s): Environment: General
Type: Publication

Lead exposure remains a major issue in cities, such as Buffalo and Rochester, with concentrated, segregated poverty and old, deteriorated housing stock. Exploring and comparing local policies and programs in these two cities, the author suggests that increasing the number of proactive housing inspections in high-risk areas and forming a single-purpose non-profit group dedicated to lead education and advocacy are two valuable interventions. He recommends additional policy steps, such as more stringent inspection standards; state adoption of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation and Repair Program; the lowering of state elevated blood level thresholds; a focus on in-person, interactive education by community health workers; and more vigorous enforcement of testing requirements among physicians.

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

This article belongs to the Special Issue Preventing Lead Exposure and Its Consequences in Vulnerable Populations: The Unfinished Agenda.

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(10), 2197; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15102197