[Parentsgroup-list] dealing with lead

wenc at fas.harvard.edu wenc at fas.harvard.edu
Thu Nov 29 10:19:33 EST 2007

By the way--if you want to read about about why we even have lead paint, I
recommend Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution by
Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner.  (Rosner is a historian of medicine & public
health at Columbia.)  We've known lead is toxic for centuries.


Quoting Susan McDonald <susan_mcdonald at ksg07.harvard.edu>:

> Hi all,
> In response to Emily's comments, I worked previously in the field of toxics
> reduction. When I moved into my Cambridge apartment with my toddler, I
> checked with one of the residential toxic specialists at my old agency. She
> advised me, based on literature published in Washington State, that a
> frequently/thoroughly cleaned home with little dust (and little disruption
> of existing paint) was a reasonable choice. Obviously, a professionally
> deleaded apartment would be preferable, but it's not clear to me that an
> amateur job would be better and might be worse.  It may be wasteful, but I
> clean the windows and floors with baby wipes rather than rags so I can throw
> them away. Vacuuming frequently helps, but I don't empty the vacuum cleaner
> when he is near as that is a concentrated dose of dust. I do get my son
> tested every year and there has not been a problem so far.
> I don't want to minimize the dangers of lead either. What concerns me most
> here is that the burden of implementing and enforcing Massachusetts lead
> regulations seems to fall on individual renters/parents. When you move to
> Boston, is there a registry somewhere of affordable deleaded apartments?
> And, how do we maintain standards for what is considered adequate deleading?
> The regulation makes it seem like the state takes lead seriously, but that
> does not really seem to be the case.
> Susan

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