Legislators seek statewide solutions for lead poisoning

Legislators seek statewide solutions for lead poisoning

Legislators in both the House and the Senate are calling for Pennsylvania to address an issue that often flies under the radar and affects residents from inside their own homes — lead poisoning.
 
The issue gained prominence in this year’s round of Senate budget hearings, as the Wolf Administration renewed calls for universal lead testing in children in an effort to better identify and treat cases of lead poisoning in Pennsylvania. Dr. Rachel Levine, secretary of the Department of Health, called upon lawmakers to pass legislation to require lead testing for all children in the state. Wolf made the same request in 2017, but bills in both the House and Senate failed to gain enough traction to make it to his desk. 
Monday, April 1, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Legislators look to require lead testing in Pennsylvania schools

Legislators look to require lead testing in Pennsylvania schools

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers re-introduced a bill Tuesday that would require all schools in Pennsylvania to test for lead, after a report card from PennEnvironment gave the state an “F” grade for its response to lead in school drinking water. 
 
House Bill 930, sponsored by Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna), would require annual testing of all water outlets used in schools for drinking and cooking, require all testing results to be disclosed to parents and set a statewide standard for lead in school water to 5 parts per billion.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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