Brown University School of Engineering

Superfund Research Program: Seminar

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Friday, December 07, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm

"Eliminating Childhood Lead Exposure in Rhode Island’s Core Cities: Lead Hazard Mitigation Act Enforcement and Effects," presented by Jim Lucht, Information Group Director, Providence Plan Has the 2005 Rhode Island Lead Hazard Mitigation Act effectively reduced children’s exposure to lead in the home? By analyzing a database of properties in the four core cities of Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket, we investigated 1) the extent to which properties have complied with the law, 2) whether there is a relationship between compliance and children’s exposure to lead at the property level, and 3) whether there is a relationship between exemption from the law and exposure to lead. Our results indicate that the Rhode Island Lead Hazard Mitigation Act has not sufficiently protected children in Rhode Island from lead exposure. There is a need to improve compliance with the law and to explore options for reducing lead exposure in children who live in properties that are exempt from the law.