Get the lead out, finally!
Today the Coalition on Human Needs joined three other prominent, national organizations in calling on Congress to approve funding for Flint, Michigan and other communities harmed by lead poisoning. The statement, issued by CHN, the American Academy of Pediatrics, First Focus Campaign for Children, and MomsRising, notes that Congress back in September pledged to commit funding to Flint and other communities before it adjourns for 2016.
The statement reads:
“As organizations dedicated to protecting and improving the health, safety and well-being of America’s children and families, we feel it is critical that Congress passes funding assistance before the end of the year for Flint, MI and other communities affected by lead contamination.
“No level of lead is safe for children and even trace amounts can cause irreversible damage to a child’s brain development and nervous system. Yet children and families in Flint, MI and other communities have been waiting for over a year for help to address this crisis and prevent future cases of lead exposure.
“Congress promised this funding in September, and we strongly urge them to keep their word and pass the $220 million in funding approved by the Senate before the end of the year, so that these communities can begin to take steps to improve water systems to assist those affected by lead-poisoning, and make sure our schools and homes are safe for kids and families.”
We’ll keep you informed as to what action Congress takes. Flint, and others, have waited too long for relief, and too many children have been exposed to harm.