Yes, you read that correctly. Most people think Lead Poisoning is a thing of the past. A recent study shows Lead is associated with conduct problems and delinquency as well as ADHD. Lead Poisoning can also lower IQ, impair hearing, lead to behavior issues, damage kidneys, cause seizures, coma, and even death. Back in 2012, the CDC updated the recommended levels for follow up doctor care from Blood Lead Levels of 10ug/dL down to 5ug/dL. Meanwhile 24 out of 50 states have not yet caught up to these standards. C4AC aims to spread the word, raise awareness, and put pressure on government agencies to play their part in protecting all the children across America. Of course, our initial target is in New York.
Flint Michigan Levels are dwarfed here in New York City
At the end of 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo mandated schools to test the content of lead in drinking fountain water. Since then over 83% of public schools had at least water outlet tested positive above the EPA "action level." In some New York City schools these test have shown Lead levels 125x and even 1200x higher than levels found in the average tainted water levels found in Flint, Michigan. For more information found in articles published last year, click below:
How You Can Play Your Part
IIn January 2012, the CDC lowered its reference level of Childhood Blood Lead Levels from 10ug/dL down to 5ug/dL, the New York State Department of Health has not yet caught up. We're still following a standard originally set in 1991. Isn't it time we had 21st century standards?
NYS Public Health Law, Title 10 of Article 13 Section § 1370 Subdivision 6 remains our goal.
We can fix this, but we NEED YOUR HELP! Tweet #LeadFreeNYC @NYCMayor and ask when the NYS elevated levels will match the CDC reference levels. Email the Department of Health at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask why there is a disparity between CDC and NYS, and when can we expect to see levels that reflect our desire to keep our Children protected from Lead Poisoning. Call your Assembly Member. Call, call, and call again. Persistence is the key to success. Let us persist so our children can prevail.
IS YOUR HOME WATER SAFE FROM LEAD IN THE WATER?
If you live in any of the five boroughs of New York City, you can order a FREE LEAD TEST KIT here: