Fiscal Year 2012 Omnibus Bill Cuts CDC’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program by 94%

COLUMBIA, Md., Dec. 26, 2011 /Coal Geology-PRNewswire/ – Ending the federal budgeting process last week, Congress dealt a devastating blow to the fight against childhood lead poisoning. The Omnibus Appropriations Bill cut funding for the CDC’s Healthy Homes Lead Poisoning Prevention Program to $2million—a 94% reduction from FY11. Lead poisoning still remains a significant environmental public health threat that…

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EPA Announces Most Areas Meet Air Quality Standards for Lead

November 9, 2011 (Coal Geology) WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that available air quality information indicates that 39 states are meeting the health-based national air quality standards for lead set in 2008. Based on 2008 to 2010 air quality monitoring data, EPA also determined that Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan and…

Former Detroit Lead Inspector Donald Patterson Sentenced for Fraud

February 8, 2011, WASHINGTON(Coal Geology) – Former city of Detroit Health Department lead inspector Donald Patterson was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison and 24 months of supervised release on wire fraud charges stemming from an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) investigation. In July 2010, Patterson pleaded guilty and admitted he accepted…

Excessive Amounts of Lead Found in Reusable Grocery Bags Supplied by Major Retailers, New Testing Shows

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2011 /Coal Geology/ — Today, the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) released new lab results showing that a number of major retailers’ reusable shopping bags contained excessive levels of lead. Of the 44 organizations whose bags were tested, 16 are selling or distributing reusable bags containing lead in amounts greater than…

EPA Seeks Small Businesses Input lead-based paint dust during the renovation, repair, and painting

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses to participate as consultants for a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) panel as the agency considers steps to reduce lead-based paint dust during the renovation, repair, and painting of the exterior of public and commercial buildings. The SBAR panel will include representatives from…