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Monday, July 24, 2017

Allegheny County Council candidate Anita Prizio thinks county’s new lead-testing rule should go farther

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 3:10 PM

Anita Prizio - PHOTO COURTESY OF PRIZIO CAMPAIGN
  • Photo courtesy of Prizio campaign
  • Anita Prizio
On July 5, Allegheny County Council passed an ordinance mandating that toddlers be given blood tests to check for lead poisoning. The county’s health director, Karen Hacker, said in a May Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article that universal childhood lead testing is necessary in Allegheny County because of lead-paint issues in its aging homes and elevated lead levels in the water supply. (It should be noted that Pittsburgh announced testing results on July 18 that comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards, but many consider those standards outdated.)

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