Black Millennials 4 Flint Selected for the Biden-Harris Get the Lead Out Partnership

Jan 27, 2023 | BM4F Spotlights, Uncategorized, Young, Gifted & Green Blog Series | 0 comments

January 27, 2023

Washington, DC-On Friday, January 27, 2023, the White House announced the monumental Get the Lead Out Partnership where Black Millennials 4 Flint was named as one of over 100 national organizations for this esteemed inaugural host of lead poisoning prevention change makers. The Biden-Harris Get the Lead Out Partnership is a coalition of federal government, states, Tribes, local communities, nongovernmental organizations, water utilities, labor unions, and private companies that have committed to a framework of health-based justice-centered principles of lead service line replacement and have pledged to work together to identify new opportunities, resources, and actions that we can take together to help accelerate the Administration’s goal of accelerating the replacement of 100 percent of the Nation’s lead service lines in 10 years.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan and Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House Summit on Accelerating Lead Pipe Replacement

The seven principles of the The Get the Lead Out Partnership Framework include:

  • Prioritize lead remediation efforts in overburdened and underserved communities, who are more likely to be exposed to unsafe lead in their homes and environments.
  • Promote the replacement of the entire lead service line, both the portion owned by the water system and the portion owned by the homeowner, to ensure that the full impact of lead pipes is addressed, without creating cost barriers or added financial burden for residents.
  • Explore all available funding opportunities to ensure a speedy implementation of lead service line replacement efforts.
  • Promote health-based blood lead testing, including testing in high-risk areas, such as in schools and childcare facilities and in areas with lead service lines.
  • Ensure robust community engagement by promoting early and continued communication and project planning between the water utility and the public throughout the lead service line identification, planning, and replacement process, while working quickly and efficiently to mitigate lead exposure.
  • Promote utilization of innovative data, science, modeling, and mapping to guide lead mitigation and develop publicly accessible inventories.
  • Catalyze lead pipe replacement by spreading best practices to employ individual plumbers, municipal labor, large firms, and apprentice programs in pipe replacement contracting and prioritizing local and unionized workforce development and procurement wherever possible.
Tom Neltner from the Environmental Defense Fund with Black Millennials 4 Flint Founder CEO & President LaTricea D. Adams at the
White House Summit on Accelerating Lead Pipe Replacement (Left to Right)

Founded in the wake of the Flint Water Crisis, Black Millennials 4 Flint is the first and only Black and Latinx millennial-led environmental justice and civil rights organization focused on the eradication of lead exposure. BM4F’s mission is to empower communities to take action and advocate against the crisis of lead exposure specifically in African American & Latinx communities who are disproportionately impacted by environmental injustice. President Biden and Vice President Harris are truly working to support work like ours to keep striving towards a Lead Free USA. We are proud to be a member of the Biden-Harris Get the Lead Out Partnership. 

LaTricea D. adams

Our Founder CEO & President LaTricea D. Adams was in attendance at the White House Summit on Accelerating Lead Pipe Replacement hosted by Vice President Kamala Harris where the Biden-Harris Administration announced new actions and progress to deliver clean drinking water, replace lead pipes, and remediate lead paint to protect children and communities across America–a true testament of the near decade Black Millennials 4 Flint has been fighting for a #LeadFreeUSA.

To learn more about the Get the Lead Out Partnership, check out the fact sheet.

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