A news article posted by the Portland Herald Press (August 24, 2007) entitled "Lead poisoning hits home" provides information about the problems of lead poisoning and efforts to stop it here in Maine. Children are especially affected by lead poisoning as it can affect their development causing learning disabilities and mental retardation. About 25 % of the homes in the United States are believed to have some lead in them.
For information about lead poisoning:
Portland Tenants Union offers info through the Children's Healthy Environment Campaign at http://www.checampaign.org/ or (207) 615-7368.
Portland's Lead-Safe Housing Program uses federal grant money to assist families. For more info see www.ci.portland.me.us/planning/housingleadsafe.asp or (207) 756-8089.
Maine Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. www.maine.gov/dhhs/eohp/lead/ or (866) 292-3474.
Maine Safety and Security Resources, Inc. Maine Safety.