Lead Free Kids

Ending Lead Poisoning Policy Priorities

Published on May 6, 2024

We are calling for the following bills to be passed to protect Michiganders from harmful lead exposures.

  1. Renovation, Repair and Painting Act (RRP) - HB 4532: Allows Michigan to take on and enforce EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. The EPA will fund this activity.

  2. Action Level - HB 5368: Drops ‘level of concern’ for lead poisoned kids to 3.5 ug/DL to align the Centers for Disease Control’s level of concern.

  3. Services for Lead-Poisoned Kids - HB 5369: Automatically qualifies lead poisoned children for Early On special health care services.

Our Policy Priorities

Universal Testing of all children at one and two years of age will ensure that all lead poisoned children have access to the services and resources that they need and that no child falls through the cracks (passed October 2023). 

Filter First will put filtered drinking stations in schools and daycare centers. Water sitting for extended periods in old pipes becomes saturated with lead. 

Renovation, Repair and Painting Act (RRP): States, like Michigan, should take over the enforcement of the federal Renovation, Repair and Painting Act to ensure that contractors are properly trained to work on homes with lead paint hazards. 

Testing Homes: Every home built before 1978 should be tested for lead at the time of sale or transfer of lease. The best way to protect children is to test their homes and remediate lead hazards before a child is poisoned.