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EPA Encourages Newburgh Families to Have Soil Checked for Lead

Release Date: 10/10/2014
Contact Information: John Martin (212) 637-3662, martin.johnj@epa.gov

      (New York, NY) On October 15, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck will join Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus and Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy at the Lead Safe Newburgh Coalition's "Soil Kitchen" event at the Riverfront Marina. At this “Soil Kitchen” event, Newburgh families can have their soil screened for lead and talk to lead experts from EPA, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the Orange County Department of Health and Mount Sinai’s Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit about how to reduce exposure to lead.

      “Infants’ and children’s developing bodies are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of lead," said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. "The Soil Kitchen program is a great way for families to have their soil checked and learn about precautions they can take to reduce lead exposure."

      Lead is particularly dangerous to children because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults do and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead. Babies and young children can also be more highly exposed to lead because they often put their hands and other objects that can have lead from dust or soil on them into their mouths. Children may also be exposed to lead by eating and drinking food or water containing lead or from dishes or glasses that contain lead, ingesting lead dust from lead-based paint or lead-contaminated soil, or from playing with toys with lead paint.

      Adults with high lead levels can suffer difficulties during pregnancy, high blood pressure, nerve disorders, memory problems and muscle and joint pain. Even low lead levels in blood have been shown to have adverse effects.

      What: “Soil Kitchen” Event

      Who: Judith A. Enck, EPA Regional Administrator
      Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy

      When/Where: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 2:00 – 6:00 pm
      Riverfront Marina
              40 Front Street
              Newburgh, NY 12550

      For more information on the “Soil Kitchen” event, and instructions on how to prepare your garden soil for testing, visit the Lead Safe Newburgh Coalition’s web page at: http://www.cityofnewburgh-ny.gov/home/news/lead-safe-newburgh-coalition-october-4th-15th

      To learn more about protecting your family and home lead hazards go to: http://www2.epa.gov/lead or call the National Lead Information Center at: 1-800-424-LEAD.

      Follow EPA Region 2 on Twitter at http://twitter.com/eparegion2 and visit our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/eparegion2.

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