28 Feb '13, 11am

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When Renee Thomas moved into her two-story home in Detroit two years ago, she had no idea it posed a hidden threat to her four children. But a new city law forced her landlord to check the century-old house for lead contamination. Old, deteriorating paint had left lead dust on its windows, floors and porch. Through a patchwork of grants and city partnerships, the contamination was cleaned up. “They kept cleaning the floors … cleaning them over and over again,” Thomas said. “It was in the windows, in the doors and on the railing going upstairs. They replaced all of that.” Armed with new laws, paintbrushes and industrial vacuums, Detroit over the past few years has declared war on the toxic metal that has long plagued its neighborhoods. And it appears to be winning. The number of Detroit children with lead levels exceeding a newly revised federal guideline has dropped more t...

Full article: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2013/detr...

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