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E-M:/ lobbies try to gut federal lead regulations
- Subject: E-M:/ lobbies try to gut federal lead regulations
- From: "Dave Dempsey" <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 16:08:38 -0700
- List-Name: Enviro-Mich
- Reply-To: "Dave Dempsey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Incredibly, in the same week that new studies
suggest lead is a hazard to children at levels one-quarter the current federal
threshold, landlords' organizations and the U.S. Conference of Mayros are
mounting a fierce attack on a new federal rule that would protect children from
peeling lead-based paint and dust hazards. The rule, promulgated by the
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, would apply to all housing
receiving federal funds.
Michigan U.S. Representative Joe Knollenberg is on
one of the key authorizing committees that will consider the amendment to gut
the HUD rule in the next few weeks. He would benefit through contacts
from concerned Michigan citizens. He can be contacted by e-mail at: Rep.Knollenberg@mail.house.gov.
His fax is: (202) 226-2356. MEC has joined forces with lead advocates
across the country to support the new rule.
In a press release issued today by the Alliance to
End Childhood Lead Poisoning, Margaret Sauser of Paw Paw, a mother of two
lead-poisoned children, blasts the 11th-hour attack on the HUD
"Last year the Senate gave us National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week; this
year the Clinton Administration gave us a new federal strategy," said Sauser,
President of United Parents Against Lead. "What we really need is action now to
protect the children still at risk. We can’t wait any longer. Congress should
not even consider delaying these safeguards for our children."
For more information on the issue, contact MEC or
view the AECLP web site at: