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While lead poisoning is found in all corners of the County, the city is most affected because the city contains most of the housing built before 1978.  The city has multiple opportunities to ensure safe housing.

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 If deteriorating paint were identified as a health and safety issue, then code violations for paint would receive a higher priority than they do today.  City NET inspectors need to be trained and assigned to test for lead hazards.

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Today, no inspection or permit, such as the certificate of occupancy, requires evidence that the property is lead safe.  We should have a policy that says that anytime a property changes hands, or when a certificate of occupancy is to be renewed, the owner must provide proof that the house is lead safe.

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Because most deteriorated housing is not owner occupied, renters need protection.  We need a policy that residents can get a lead hazard assessment if they believe there is a problem.  And renters who complain about hazardous conditions need full protection from retribution by landlords.

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We need a policy that anytime work is done that disturbs paint in pre-78 housing, workers must follow lead safe practices to ensure that the house and the surrounding neighborhood are not further contaminated.

Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning 

Committed to ending childhood lead poisoning in Monroe County by 2010

For more information, contact:  pbrantingham@leadsafeby2010.org