Rochester celebrated the 10th anniversary of its precedent-setting lead law Sept. 19, with officials from the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning, the city of Rochester, the Monroe County Department of Public Health, staff members from the Environmental Protection Agency, and other community groups.
Rochester City Council passed the lead-based paint poisoning prevention ordinance in 2005, in an effort to target rental housing in high-risk neighborhoods, where 90 percent of lead-poisoned children lived.
Since the ordinance passed, the Monroe County Department of Public Health has seen an 80 percent reduction in the number of children poisoned by lead.
Mayor Lovely Warren and Monroe County Commissioner Michael Mendoza M.D. also presented a joint proclamation during the event.
“We are very grateful to the community champions who campaigned tirelessly to get this law implemented,” Mel Callan, a family nurse practitioner at Highland Family Medicine, and founding member of the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning, stated. “We applaud and thank the Rochester City Council for listening to the community, and doing the right thing. The city’s Office of Inspection and Compliance staff are to be commended for seeing that this law is implemented, and keeping children safe. Our successes over the past 10 years only serve to support how crucial this type of law is to keeping children safe here in Rochester, and across the United States.”
Visit http://www.letsmakeleadhistory.org/ for additional information regarding the law.