Investigative Post, in the first of a three-part series, examines the danger posed by lead paint contamination in Buffalo.
Buffalo children aged five and under test positive for lead poisoning at more than three times the state average. Erie County’s rate is the worst of the 11 counties that test 10,000 or more children a year.
“Buffalo is ground zero in the entire country for lead poisoning,” said David Hahn-Baker, an environmental activist in Buffalo.
Dr. Stanley Schaffer, director of the Western New York Lead Poisoning Resource Center in Rochester, said the consequences can be dire: Reduced IQ, learning disabilities and irritable- even violent -behavior.
On Wednesday, we report from Rochester on its aggressive lead program that is considered a national model.