Cleveland asks to close some backlogged lead poisoning cases

CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials reviewing Cleveland’s backlog of unresolved lead poisoning cases are asking the Ohio Department of Health to close over 1,100 of them, or more than one-third.

The Plain Dealer ( ) reports that if the state agrees, it would no longer hold Cleveland responsible for finding guardians of children poisoned in those cases and ensuring the contaminated homes are fixed.

Cleveland’s public affairs chief says the request to close cases shows progress in Cleveland’s effort to fix its troubled lead poisoning program.

Lead hazards have been fixed in about one-third of the cases that Cleveland wants closed. Another third involve homes that were inspected but not cleaned up. In the rest of the cases, the homes weren’t inspected because the city never found the parents or guardians of the poisoned children.


Information from: The Plain Dealer,