The full Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Associated Health Impacts (Action Plan) is available at the bottom of this page.
The Action Plan is a blueprint for reducing lead exposure and associated harms through collaboration among federal agencies and with a range of stakeholders, including states, tribes and local communities, along with businesses, property owners and parents. The Action Plan will help federal agencies work strategically and collaboratively to reduce exposure to lead with the aim of ultimately improving children’s health.
The Action Plan is the product of the President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children (Task Force). The Task Force is the focal point for federal collaboration to promote and protect children’s environmental health. Established in 1997 by Executive Order 13045, the Task Force comprises 17 federal departments and offices. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-chair the Task Force. The Senior Staff Steering Committee (Steering Committee) is its operational arm.
The Action Plan has four goals with key priorities and objectives that seek to reduce harm to children from exposure to lead. By identifying specific goals and actions, federal agencies can prioritize their efforts and monitor progress. The four goals are:
- Goal 1: Reduce children’s exposure to lead sources
- Goal 2: Identify lead-exposed children and improve their health outcomes
- Goal 3: Communicate more effectively with stakeholders
- Goal 4: Support and conduct critical research to inform efforts to reduce lead exposures and related health risks
- Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Associated Health Impacts (PDF)(24 pp, 9 MB)
When was the last time you thought about lead paint? Chances are good that you think of it the same way you do asbestos; the product of another time, when we didn’t know any better. It isn’t a problem for us today the way it was way back in… 1978?
For a lot of us, the ban on lead paint seems like a relic, but it isn’t all that far back in real time. Not only that, but a lot of tend to forget just how widespread the use of lead paint was before the ban. This problem lingers all over the country in older houses, apartment complexes, and in all kinds of buildings. The problem is that it’s easy to say lead paint is bad, and that it should be removed, but many don’t take time to count the cost which can cost a lot of money.
How Much Can It Cost?
According to The Telegraph in Nashua, that is the size of the bill the government is dealing with in combating the lingering threat of lead paint. It’s taken $3.4 million from a clean-up grant given in 2014 to take care of 204 housing units. The job is far from done, too, which is why an additional $2.9 million was given to them in 2018.
Why does it cost so much? Well, because you can’t just scrape, blast, and power sand off lead paint the way you could normal paint. That just fills the air with lead dust, allowing it to potentially cause irreparable damage. It also spreads out the impact of the lead, meaning that without proper precaution it could affect not just the workers and residents of the home but the neighbors & community as well.
According to the EPA, professional lead-based paint removal for the following three options costs about $8 to $15 per square foot or about $9,600 to $30,000 for a 1,200- to 2,000-sq. ft. house. ECOBOND® Paint LLC is the Premier Provider of Environmental Products focused on protecting human health from the dangers of lead. Our ECOBOND® Lead Defender® is different than Encapsulants and is a Lead-Based Paint Treatment. Using the example above, our lead paint treatment solution comes in at .25/sq. ft or about $300-$500 for the same 1,200- to 2,000-sq. ft. house!
Cleaning up lead paint requires professional workers, and proper precautions. It’s a hazardous substance that must be controlled while it’s being removed, and that takes time, equipment, hard work, and a surprisingly large amount of money. But if the problem isn’t solved, then it’s just being kicked down the road until clean-up is no longer a choice.
The removal of lead paint is easier said than done. In other words, safely removing old layers of hazardous paint requires workers who have:
- Knowledge of the material
- Adequate removal equipment
- Federal certification
There are many contractors who are certified in the removal of toxic materials, yet their services are usually more expensive due to the extra measures they go through in training, fees that they must pay to the EPA, and the strict regulations that they must continually adhere to. This fact, coupled with the reality that the residents of old homes with lead paint are often low-income families, results in the perpetual neglect of necessary renovations.
Authorities Step in to Help
In some cases, like in the city of Nashua, New Hampshire, community development committees have stepped in to assist low-income families in the safe removal of lead paint. But it doesn’t come without a hefty price; Nashua’s community development director has received over 6 million dollars in grants to complete the extensive project!
These efforts include the renovation of pre-1978 apartment buildings and childcare facilities where lead paint is affecting the health and wellbeing of children and families. City officials are biting the bullet to financially assist low-income residents, knowing that it will improve the quality of life of thousands of people.
A Safer World
Every day we get a few steps closer to the removal of toxic paint all across the nation. And even though it’s a slow, grueling, and costly endeavor, it is a necessary goal that must be reached on behalf of our future generations.
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In our recent Press Release, it was reported that in a recent article in Reuters, it was reported that “Privatizing U.S. military housing was supposed to protect service members’ families. Unfortunately, instead, some of their children are being poisoned by lead. A Reuters investigation unearths dangers in base homes, lapses in military oversight. After his son was poisoned, a decorated colonel pushed the Army to ensure other children were not harmed in military housing.”
The article continued to say that after Army Colonel J. Cale Brown’s son was diagnosed with lead poisoning, contractors ordered their home they rented to be tested for lead. The results: “At least 113 spots in the home had lead paint, including several peeling or crumbling patches, requiring $26,150 in lead abatement. “
Business Insider reported on August 24, 2018 that “Eight US senators are pushing for a federal review of the military’s plans to protect children from exposure to lead, citing a Reuters report on lead poisoning in military housing. In an amendment filed this week to a defense funding bill, the senators, including senior members of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs committees, are asking the Government Accountability Office to examine the military’s handling of lead poisoning risks nationwide. Most military family housing has been privatized and is operated by corporations in partnership with the branches of the armed services.”
ECOBOND® Paint LLC is leading an initiative to increase awareness of this issue and help protect military families and children negatively impacted by the dangers of lead paint. Outreach efforts have been initiated with the leading private military housing management companies to offer banding together to solve the pressing problem of lead paint poisoning in military housing. These Protection Partners will be taking an active role in eradicating the danger of potential lead poisoning threats in military housing.
James M. Barthel, creator of ECOBOND® Lead Defender® commented, “We are highly concerned about this nationwide problem of lead paint in military housing. We are pleased to be at the forefront of the battle against lead poisoning with caring Protection Partners that are the leaders in real estate and property management for military housing. Our Lead Defender formula includes Bitrex®, a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact which creates an added safety barrier to further protect children from lead poisoning by reducing the amount of paint chips or dust a child may ingest.” Barthel continued.
ECOBOND® is the premier provider of environmental products focused on protecting human health from the dangers of lead. The patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® formula is different than encapsulants and abatement because it is a lead-based paint treatment providing an easy and affordable solution to this devastating national health crisis. As reported in the Reuters story, abatement can be extremely expensive. According to the EPA, professional lead-based paint removal for the following three options costs about $8 to $15 per square foot or about $9,600 to $30,000 for a 1,200- to 2,000-sq. ft. house. ECOBOND® Lead Defender® comes in at .25/sq. ft or about $300-$500 for the same 1,200- to 2,000-sq. ft. house.
Barthel continued, “We want our U.S. Military, which exists to serve the American people, and to defend the Nation, to enjoy peace of mind from their family being negatively impacted by the dangers of lead paint in their military housing. This will be accomplished with our patented lead paint treatment, ECOBOND® Lead Defender®.”