City Council passes lead remediation for residences

City Council passes lead remediation for residences

Philadelphia City Council Thursday unanimously passed a bill to allow for lead inspections in apartments and rented homes, starting next year.
 
The bill, introduced by Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown (D-At Large) earlier this year, creates a staggered schedule for residences rented to families with small children for inspections and testing for lead paint. This is the third bill Reynolds Brown has authored on lead in facilities that council has passed this year.
Thursday, September 26, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Wolf unveils new lead testing initiatives

Wolf unveils new lead testing initiatives

Legislators and officials joined Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia to promote new efforts to remove lead and its devastating effects from the state.
 
Wolf called upon the legislature to mandate lead testing for all children at nine, 12, and 24 months of age. Aging houses that still contain lead paint, combined with aging water systems, contribute to Pennsylvania having the sixth-highest rates of lead poisoning nationally. Of the 30 percent of children tested statewide, 4.6 percent are found to have varying levels of lead poisoning. 
Wednesday, August 28, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
PWSA reports lower lead levels thanks to chemical additive

PWSA reports lower lead levels thanks to chemical additive

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority announced Friday that thanks to orthophosphate, lead levels in drinking water have decreased.

Since April 2019, the water authority explained, an additive called orthophosphate was introduced to coat the pipes and prevent lead from seeping into the water. Months later, test results show it’s been successful in lowering lead levels however; lead levels still remain above the federal threshold. 
Monday, July 29, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
City Council passes lead testing requirements

City Council passes lead testing requirements

Philadelphia City Council passed an ordinance Thursday that create requirements for testing blood lead levels in children.

Introduced by Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown (D-At Large), the bill seeks to get more children in the city tested for lead poisoning at earlier ages. Many are affected by the high amounts of lead paint in older houses rented to young families. The bill passed unanimously, 16-0.

 

Thursday, May 23, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Members of the Task Force on lead exposure announces recommendations on lead exposure

Members of the Task Force on lead exposure announces recommendations on lead exposure

A bipartisan group of senators banded together Tuesday to call for legislative action on lead poisoning as they unveiled bills to address lead contamination in homes, buildings and water systems. 

The legislative package is a direct result of the state’s Advisory Committee and Task Force on Lead Exposure, which was established in 2017. Led by Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne), the senators announced bills that would require universal lead testing for children, mandate inspections of child-care facilities, establish a statewide lead-free housing registry, and require all school drinking systems to be inspected and certified. 
Tuesday, May 7, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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