I am pleased to report more progress with our initiative to end lead poisoning of children within the decade.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given our Lead Safe St. Louis Task Force one of its 2005 Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Awards for outstanding commitment to protecting children from environmental health risks.
The Lead Safe St. Louis Task Force received an Excellence Award for our accomplishments and our commitment to eliminating childhood lead poisoning. We got the award because we are seeing measurable results from our work and collaborations. According to Health Department director Melba Moore, the childhood lead poisoning rate in St. Louis has fallen from more than 23% in 1999 to less than 9% in 2004.
Here is what William Sanders, the acting director of the EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection said: "The Children’s Environmental Awards program recognizes individuals, communities and organizations who are leaders in making our environment healthier for our children. This year’s 15 winners exemplify what it means to have strong commitment to children’s environmental health, and EPA is proud to be honoring them for their efforts."
Our Lead Safe St. Louis Program is raising awareness about the importance of protecting children in our community from environmental risks and our example illustrates that taking action is the most effective means to keeping our children healthy.
You can learn more about the EPA’s Environmental Health Excellence Awards by visiting www.epa.gov/children.