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DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR AND HEALTH, EDUCATION,
AND WELFARE APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1973
Printed for the use of the Committee on Appropriations
U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1972
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
GEORGE H. MAHON, Texas, Chairman JAMIE L. WHITTEN, Mississippi
FRANK T. BOW, Ohio JOHN J. ROONEY, New York
CHARLES R. JONAS, North Carolloa ROBERT L. F. SIKES, Florida
ELFORD A. CEDERBERG, Michigan OTTO E. PASSMAN, Louisiana
JOHN J. RHODES, Arizona JOE L. EVINS, Tennessee
WILLIAM E. MINSHALL, Ohio EDWARD P. BOLAND, Massachusetts ROBERT H, MICHEL, Illinois WILLIAM H. NATCHER, Kentucky SILVIO O. CONTE, Massachusetts DANIEL J. FLOOD, Pennsylvania
GLENN R. DAVIS, Wisconsin TOM STEED, Oklahoma
HOWARD W. ROBISON, New York GEORGE E. SHIPLEY, Illinois
GARNER E. SHRIVER, Kansas JOHN M. SLACK, West Virginia
JOSEPH M. MCDADE, Pennsylvania JOHN J. FLYNT, JR., Georgia
MARK ANDREWS, North Dakota NEAL SMITH, Iowa
LOUIS C. WYMAN, New Hampshire
BURT L. TALCOTT, California
WENDELL WYATT, Oregon
JACK EDWARDS, Alabama W. R. HULL, JR., Missouri
DEL CLAWSON, California EDWARD J. PATTEN, New Jersey
WILLIAM J. SCHERLE, Iowa CLARENCE D. LONG, Maryland
ROBERT C. MCEWEN, New York SIDNEY R. YATES, Illinois
JOHN T. MYERS, Indiana
J. KENNETH ROBINSON, Virginia
PAUL M. WILSON, Clerk and Staf Director
WILLIAM GERALD BOLING
EARL C. SILSBY
SURVEYS AND INVESTIGATIONS
WILLIE C. LAW, Second Assistant NOTE.-This Surveys and Investigations supervisory staff is supplemented by selected personnel borrowed on a reimbursable basis for varying lengths of time from various agencies to staff up specific studies and Investigations. The current average annual fulltime personnel equivalent is approximately 42.
GERARD J. CHOUINARD
FRANCIS W. Sady
DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR AND HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 1973
TESTIMONY OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND INTER
ESTED INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS
THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 1972.
LEAD-BASED PAINT POISONING
WITNESS HON. WILLIAM F. RYAN, A REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS FROM THE STATE OF NEW YORK
Mr. FLOOD. The committee will come to order,
We now have the pleasure of hearing what we refer to as our public witnesses as distinguished from what we call "government” witnesses. Who would be better qualified to speak for the public than the distinguished gentleman from New York, Hon. William F. Ryan of the 20th District of the great State of New York.
Mr. Ryan. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
I greatly appreciate this opportunity to testify once again before this distinguished subcommittee on the necessity of mounting a fullscale Federal assault on the devastating disease of childhood lead poisoning
Sometimes it is called the silent epidemic; sometimes it is called ghetto malaria. But no matter what it goes by, the fact remains that childhood lead poisoning continues needlessly to plague the children of America. Each year thousands of young children between the ages of 1 and 6 are afflicted by this dread disease. The exact number of youngsters poisoned is unknown, for there are still far too few programs to screen children for lead poisoning. Even so, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare has estimated that each year some 400,000 children are subjected to lead-based paint poisoning.
As a result, some 16,000 youngsters require treatment. An additional 3,200 suffer moderate to severe brain damage. And 800 are so severely afflicted that they require institutionalization for the remainder of their lives.
And for another 200 children there is no future at all—not even the tragic existence of permanent institutionalization—for they will die as a result of this vicious crippler of young children. Two hundred children a year.