Wolf calls for testing of blood-lead levels in children

Governor Wolf is calling for testing of blood-lead levels in children statewide.

Wolf asked the Department of Health and the General Assembly to draft legislation requiring universal testing on children under the age of two in Pennsylvania.  The tests would determine who is at risk for lead poisoning and where children with the hightest and lowest blood-lead levels reside.  

In Erie County, the Housing and Urban Development's Lead Hazard Control Program has tested children under six for lead levels to help locate and remediate older homes in the city with lead paint.

Dave Deeter of the Erie Redevelopment Authority, tells us, "with mandatory testing or increase testing, that would give not only the RD, but other agencies who want to address lead hazards not only more data but more referrals for services".

There are close to 280,000 kids under the age of six in Erie County.  16.2% of those kids have been tested for elevated lead levels and .26% have come back positive.


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