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…