Cleveland City Council Launches Hearings On Lead Cleanup

Among the challenges cited during Monday’s Health and Human Services Committee meeting: there’s not enough money to fully fix lead-contaminated homes, some landlords fail to clean up lead contaminated properties, and it’s been difficult finding qualified lead inspectors.

Committee chairman Blaine Griffin said one goal will be to find more funding, another is to expand lead testing.

“I want every child in this city tested. I want every parent to feel comfortable with every child in this city to be tested, said Griffin.

In 2016, 1563 children in Cleveland tested positive for elevated levels of lead. That’s more than a third of the cases in all of Ohio.

The health committee next plans to hold a joint meeting with the development committee and another hearing where neighborhood activists will be invited to speak.

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