High lead levels force Coast Guard families from North Shore homes

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High lead levels are forcing families living in Coast Guard housing on the North Shore to evacuate their homes.

Lauren Gulick, who has been living on a base in Eatons Neck with her husband and son, says her home is toxic.

Gulick says she and her family were living in their new home for almost three months before they were told it was unsafe. She says toxic lead levels were found in her 8-year-old son's bedroom.

The Coast Guard started a nationwide review of its housing after high lead levels were found at a base on Martha's Vineyard.

The Coast Guard issued a statement saying, "The Coast Guard recently conducted an extensive analysis of its entire housing inventory to identify homes with environmental risks, including lead-based paint, radon and asbestos. The analysis identified 67 homes in 24 locations with potential environmental risks. Out of an abundance of caution, the Coast Guard is taking immediate action to ensure the safety of our members and their families through the Safe Homes Initiative. These actions include conducting state-certified inspections of at-risk properties, remediating unsafe conditions, or relocating families to safer housing. Our families are our top priority."

According to health experts, there is no known level of lead exposure that is considered safe. They say lead can cause kidney disease and brain damage.

Gulick says the Coast Guard has been negligent and isn't giving enough financial support to help them move.

In its statement the Coast Guard went on to say, "Our top priority is the safety of our members and their families. We will strive to protect Coast Guard families from exposure to environmental risks."

 

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