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File #: 180848    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/27/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 10/4/2018
Title: Urging the Federal government to strengthen standards used to analyze dust-lead hazards and lead exposure to children.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Oh
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 18084800.pdf, 2. Signature18084800.pdf
Urging the Federal government to strengthen standards used to analyze dust-lead hazards and lead exposure to children.

WHEREAS, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded that lead poisoning is the number one environmental health threat in the United States for children ages six and younger. The dangers of lead poisoning have been the source of public concern and government action throughout American history. In 1786, Philadelphia's own Benjamin Franklin wrote a series of correspondences detailing his observations of lead and lead poisoning around the world. Since then, countless advocates, community groups, individuals and elected and appointed officials have worked to reduce the harm caused by lead poisoning; and

WHEREAS, Scientific research allows our current government to more fully understand the danger lead poisoning poses to children and adults. According to the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body, produces no obvious symptoms, and frequently goes unrecognized, potentially leading to serious health issues. The Center for Disease Control has affirmed that there is no known identified safe blood lead level for human consumption. Lead poisoning is particularly dangerous for infants and young children; and

WHEREAS, The CDC has documented some of the serious health issues that impact children based on lead poisoning. Lead exposure "can seriously harm a child's health, increasing risks for damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, learning and behavior problems (including reduced IQ, ADHD, juvenile delinquency, and criminal behavior), and hearing and speech problems." Toxic lead can cause adverse effects on the central nervous system as well as the kidney and hematopoietic systems. Very severe lead exposure in children can cause coma, convulsions, and even death; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphians from every corner of the City contin...

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