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WE ACT Researches Best Methods to Detect Lead in Homes, as CDC Considers Lowering Lead Blood Level Standard

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Dear ,

As a friend of WE ACT, you will be pleased to hear that both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
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the New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) have recently funded us to conduct a research project that will expand scientific knowledge on the best methods to detect lead poisoning hazards in the urban environment. The research will identify potential sources of lead in dust particles in homes, public drinking water systems, and consumer products.

We will enlist community residents in Northern Manhattan and the South Bronx to have their homes tested for lead. The field-testing will look at the differences between having people test for lead using an instructional DVD versus being instructed by a field technician.

The simple lead dust wipe tests we plan to use (created by our research partners at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore) cost about $40 each, compared to a professional lead inspection, which costs approximately $500. One of our goals is to determine the efficacy of a low-cost test. This work could potentially increase the number of homes accurately identified as having lead hazards, save money for residents, and ultimately increase early prevention of childhood lead poisoning.

, won't you support WE ACT today as we work to build healthy communities for all New Yorkers? You can make a secure online donation via PayPal when you click here.

Thanks in advance for your support, and please accept my best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2012.



Peggy M. Shepard
Executive Director