Columbus has most lead-hazard properties in Ohio

By Earl Rinehart
The Columbus Dispatch

David Norris, a senior researcher at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, said such a law would hamstring Toledo and other communities that want their own lead-related ordinances. He supports a Toledo ordinance that requires rental properties to undergo inspections and to do needed cleaning and repairs.

“Somebody needs to do something because we have children who are being lead-poisoned,” he said. “We’re using our kids as lead detectors and that’s not the way it should be.”

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The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity was established in 2003 as a center for interdisciplinary research at The Ohio State University. The Kirwan Institute works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.