The I-Team at KGTV, the Scripps ABC affiliate in San Diego, has earned a Healthy Kids Champion award for its investigation into lead-tainted rental homes.
The Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) honored the 10News I-Team and four other recipients April 24, 2013 at its annual Fight for Healthy Kids event at Marina Village Baja Room in Mission Bay. The Coalition honors groups whose leadership led to major victories for healthy kids in San Diego.
The EHC fights against toxic pollution in disadvantaged communities throughout the San Diego/Tijuana region.
After EHC’s advocacy efforts lead to the City of San Diego’s adoption of the Children’s Right to Lead Safe House Ordinance, the Channel 10 Investigative News Team went undercover to reveal the truth about compliance. Their investigation exposed disobedient rental homes and apartment complexes that continued to harm children’s health.
Read the first story here: I-Team: Some Landlords Still Renting Out Lead-Tainted Homes
“These five heroes from government, academia, and the media joined community members in their fight against every child’s worst nightmare—toxic pollution from lead,” said Environmental Health Coalition Executive Director Diane Takvorian. “These healthy kids victories grew from the environmental justice movement in San Diego’s most disadvantaged communities and will benefit all children across San Diego and California.”
For more information on EHC, its lead-safe victories and its healthy kids heroes, visit www.environmenthealth.org.