Vermont’s Annual Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Legislative Report on the status of childhood lead poisoning prevention is submitted pursuant to 18 V.S.A. § 1756 and was submitted to the Vermont Legislature on April 15, 2019.
Over the past 20 years, Vermont has made steady progress in reducing the number of children with blood lead levels at or above Vermont’s current action level of 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL). From 2006 through 2018, the percentage of 1- and 2-year olds with blood lead levels greater than or equal to 5 µg/dL declined (1-year olds from 19.4% to 4.3%, and 2-year olds from 22.5% to 3.8%). In 2018, there were 362 children ages 1 and 2 who had an elevated blood lead level, down from 412 in 2017. In total, 420 children under the age of 6 had an elevated blood lead level in 2018, down from 480 in 2017.