Ohio's health department has finally put out the actual list of homes in the State that have been inspected, dangerous levels of lead paint were found, and should be vacant. This list should be considered the "worst of the worst" and homeowners or landlords have been given every chance to take care of the problem.
While the list contains 540 homes statewide it's a fraction of the some 1,700 homes identified and still have open cases. The database includes homes and apartments that have been ordered vacated after their owners refused to clean up the lead paint. Those same sites are where children who had lived in the homes tested positive for high lead levels.
The next step will be Board of Health Departments to make sure the homes are either vacant or condemned.
Cuyahoga Co.: 21
State health regulators say creating the registry will give renters and home buyers more information about lead hazards.
But it comes at a time when state lawmakers are considering a proposal that would take away cities' ability to have their own rules addressing lead paint threats.