Lead poisoning prevention

Thousands of older homes in the city of Buffalo are considered to be at-risk for lead paint hazards. It's a problem that health officials consider to be a crisis. But according to Dan Telvock of Investigative Post, city efforts to combat the problem are not making much progress. He outlines the issue on WBFO's Press Pass.


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Saying there are "no safe" levels of lead exposure, State Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo unveiled a new bill called the LEAD Act. It is designed to prevent and combat lead exposure and poisoning.    

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An investigative report released by Reuters News shows the City of Buffalo to be one of the most at-risk cities in the nation for child exposure to lead. Such exposure is linked to hindered learning and behavioral development. While the city and Erie County are making progress, there are fears proposed federal budget cuts could set back prevention efforts.


According to Dan Telvock of Investigative Post, Buffalo has a major problem with lead poisoning, the worst among Upstate cities. Now that the situation has been brought into the spotlight, local officials are working toward solutions.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The City of Buffalo, in partnership with Erie County and other entities, is unveiling a new program to rid the city of a serious health hazard, one that has seriously endangered many children.

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“Our Place in History" was the theme of Thursday’s State of Erie County address, but that place in history will rely on quite a bit of funding.


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A plan announced Wednesday would expand Erie County's lead poisoning prevention programs. County Executive Mark Poloncarz is calling on the Legislature to increase program spending by $3.75 million over five years.