Category Archives: Environmental Toxins

Getting the Lead Out of Vermont

In 2006, the offices of the Vermont Attorney General and the Vermont Department of Health collaborated on a major initiative to reduce children’s exposure to lead in Vermont. The Get the Lead Out of Vermont Task Force researched the “state of lead” in Vermont and developed recommendations for prevention and identification of lead exposures, as well as ways to intervene in confirmed cases. Read the report here.

The recommendations of the report are based on three principles:
•    There is no safe level of lead and it is particularly harmful to young children.
•    Vermont should prevent exposure to lead rather than react to findings of elevated blood lead levels.
•    Vermont must increase resources to reduce or eliminate exposure to lead.

A number of important steps were taken in response to the findings and recommendations of the task force:
•    The Vermont Department of Health lowered the blood lead level of concern from 10µg/dL (micrograms per deciliter of blood) to 5µg/dL.
•    A lead poisoning prevention committee was created.
•    Legislation expanded and strengthened Vermont’s lead and housing law and took steps to reduce exposure to lead in consumer products.

Legislation

The Vermont Legislature has taken important steps to address children’s exposure to environmental toxins. In 2008 bills were passed: strengthen the state’s lead in housing law regulate lead and phthalates in children’s products require manufacturers of mercury-containing thermostats to share in the cost and responsibility of recycling their products In the 2009 session, several newContinue Reading

Children and Environmental Toxins

“Children and Environmental Toxins” explains why kids react to toxins differently than adults and lists the specific vulnerabilities that accompany each developmental stage of childhood in a two-page chart. It also provides information on twelve toxins that are considered dangerous for kids in another chart.Continue Reading