Universal lead testing bill sparks debate over how children should be tested

Universal lead testing bill sparks debate over how children should be tested

A bill that would require universal lead testing for all Pennsylvania children passed the House Children and Youth Committee with bipartisan support on Wednesday, but the bill’s passage sparked a broader conversation about how the testing should be administered.

 

Sponsored by Rep. Mary Isaacson (D-Philadelphia), House Bill 79 would require physicians to test children for lead at one and two years of age. It would also establish a confidential registry of testing results to help physicians identify whether children have been tested.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Gun registries, small businesses and ride-sharing

Did You Get The Memo? Gun registries, small businesses and ride-sharing

A weekly look at new proposals from lawmakers in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. In our latest iteration of our weekly feature on new co-sponsorship memoranda, we take a look at proposals to ban the implementation of gun registries, require visible signage for Lyft and Uber drivers, and help small businesses.

Friday, May 3, 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
Categories: News and Views

First round of PWSA water testing finds lead levels exceeds EPA threshold

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released the results from compliance testing for lead and copper required by state and federal regulations Tuesday afternoon.

PWSA pre-selected 100 residential sites for the compliance test based on a method prescribed under regulatory guidelines requiring a water provider to obtain tap samples from homes that have, or are expected to have, lead service lines or plumbing. 

It was found that 45 homes were non-detect for lead, 15 are between 2.1 and 4.6 ppb (parts per billion), 7 are between 22 and 38 ppb, and 4 are between 50 and 75 ppb. 

The federally accepted minimum, according to the PSWA, is 15 ppb. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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