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MEC welcomes release of Governor's Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board report

Nov 17, 2016
MIALSH members at Board report release
Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) welcomes the release of the Governor's Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board report today. The Board, formed after the Flint crisis and in light of the thousands of Michigan kids needlessly lead poisoned each year, worked diligently over the summer and fall to craft these comprehensive recommendations to end childhood lead poisoning.

The Board was chaired by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and included many dedicated lead poisoning prevention advocates including Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Homes (MIALSH) members Paul Haan, Lyke Thompson and Rebecca Meuninck.

"I look forward to reading the final report but am sure, based upon the hours of Board meetings I have attended, that these are recommendations all of Michigan should get behind and enact with great speed," said Tina Reynolds, MEC Health Policy Director and MIALSH Coalition Manager.

Lead poisoning is a multifaceted problem but entirely solvable. The Board was charged to make recommendations on lead testing, better meeting the needs of families impacted by lead poisoning, making homes lead safes, and collecting data to efficiently deploy resources and make sure programs and services are effective.

"Lieutenant Governor Calley and Board members were proactive and hands on in crafting this report. MEC and MIALSH stand ready to work with the Board and interested partners to take these recommendations and put them into practice on behalf of Michigan families," said Reynolds.
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