Solutions for lead hazard reduction may lie in other cities, according to a panel at the Zilber School of Public Health

By Talis Shelbourne
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 19, 2019

Lead abatement efforts in Massachusetts and Rochester, New York, may hold the key for Milwaukee, according to a panel discussion that took place at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health.

In Rochester, the Lead Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Ordinance requires inspections for lead paint hazards before a property can be rented. And in Massachusetts, lead hazards must be disclosed before a home built before 1978 can be sold.

Those were some of the solutions discussed at a panel Monday night moderated by Helen Meier, associate professor at the Zilber School.

The panelists were Bruce Lanphear, a professor, physician and lead expert from Simon Fraser University; Delores Green, the executive director of Renew Environmental Public Health Advocates (REPHA); Jamie Ferschinger, the director of environmental health at Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers; and Ofelia Mondragon, a home environmental health manager at the Milwaukee Health Department.

The panel focused on how to handle lead hazards: lead pipes that can flake lead off into drinking water and lead paint that can chip or turn into dust that small children can ingest…

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