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San Diego Students Tested For Lead In Blood

— Two of 110 children tested today at a school in Grant Hill had high levels of lead in their blood, the San Diego Housing Commission reported.

The testing at the King Chavez Academy was part of the commission's "Home Safe Home'' program, funded by a $4.1 million grant from the federal Housing and Urban Development Department.

"Prolonged exposure to lead, especially among children, can have serious health consequences,'' said Rick Gentry, the president and CEO of the commission. "We are grateful to HUD for the grant money that will protect hundreds of families from this silent danger, which you can't see, taste or smell.''

Officials with the La Maestra Community Health Center used non-invasive blood analyzers to test for lead.

The families of the two children were referred to medical evaluation, and they will receive a free inspection of their residences. If lead-based paint is found, a removal project will be scheduled.

Lead-based paint is mainly found in older houses and can be especially dangerous to young children.

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Avatar for user 'lokiemae'

lokiemae | April 18, 2011 at 1:57 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

The bad news is that lead contamination in homes, on old furniture, commercial and industrial buildings and surrounding soil has been linked to reduced intelligence, impaired hearing, stunted growth, violent behavior and many other adverse health effects in children and adults.
The good news is that widespread retail availability of a proven lead hazard reduction product for homeowners and home renovation, repair and painting (RRP) contractors can help reduce those threats.
MT2 (www.mt2.com), based in Arvada, Colo., has signed agreements with The Home Depot to supply the retail giant with MT2’s ECOBOND® line of products, which have been verified to reduce the hazards of lead contamination in structures, soils, and waste.
In high demand for government and commercial use for six years, ECOBOND has such potential to improve quality of life by helping reduce lead hazards in housing that MT2 this year developed a residential line of the ECOBOND product to meet potential consumer demand.
ECOBOND (www.ecobondlbp.com), meets testing standards for reducing lead hazards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Lead-based paint was banned in the U.S. in 1978. A U.S. Housing and Urban Development Survey of Lead and Allergens in Housing estimated that 38 million permanently occupied housing units (40% of all housing units) in the United States contain some lead-based paint that was applied before the residential use of lead-based paint was banned in 1978.
“Ecobond takes the hazards out of lead based paint,” said James M. Barthel, President and CEO of MT2. “This is really the culmination of years of scientific research and development, true teamwork and an unfailing devotion to our vision. We’ve always wanted to make the world a better place, and now we have a huge opportunity to do just that.”
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MT2 has achieved regulatory acceptance through product testing by the U.S. EPA and more than 45 states for its ECOBOND® processes that physically separate and chemically convert lead and other heavy metals into stable, virtually permanent and environmentally safe new compounds, with a typical 30% to 50% cost savings over traditional approaches.

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ZipWall | April 19, 2011 at 12:27 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

If you live in a pre-1978 house, you can follow these simple steps to reduce your family’s lead exposure: Wash floors, windowsills, and children’s toys often. If you work with lead, you can bring it into your house on your hands, shoes, and clothes. Wipe your shoes off before entering the house, and wash your work clothes separately. If you would like more info about lead poisoning prevention and lead-safe work practices, visit our website http://www.zipwall.com/epa.php. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s official website http://www.epa.gov/lead/ also has valuable information on eliminating leaded paint hazards in your home.

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