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Roy Blankenship

Expanding the chance to get the lead out

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Under a new threshold, the number of Pa. children with high lead levels is expected to almost double. After a fire at his home in Knoxville in July 2020, Roy Blankenship noticed a crocodile pattern in chipped and cracked paint on the walls. Mr. Blankenship, 46, was working for Pittsburgh Hilltop Alliance...
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Pittsburgh City Council Building

City Council moves to combat lead poisoning

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial Board – Pittsburgh City Council has worked with experts and advocates for two years to craft an ordinance to combat lead poisoning. On Nov. 30, the fruits of that labor were realized when the council passed the Pittsburgh Lead Safety Law, a bill that calls for routine inspections of rental homes and...
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Lead safety law protects the city’s children

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – One in five American children has a learning or attention disability. And the rising autism rate, which has nearly tripled since 2000, affects one in 54 children. In Pennsylvania, over 120,000 children were identified with a specific learning disability in 2019; thousands more have ADHD. Exposure to toxic chemicals is the cause...
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Lead chipped paint on a window

Pittsburgh City Council passes bill to remove lead from rental properties

WESA – Pittsburgh City Council passed legislation that would require properties built before 1978 to be tested for lead. If lead is found, the owner must have the issue professionally remedied, and the city will test to ensure that lead is no longer found. The bill focuses especially on paint, soil and water. It also...
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Lead Paint

Pittsburgh City Council passes lead safety bill aiming to curb potential lead exposure in children

Tribune-Review – Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday adopted a lead safety ordinance that aims to prevent potential lead exposure for city residents, and children in particular. The ordinance is one step in a larger effort to reduce the number of lead poisoning cases in Pittsburgh, said Councilwoman Erika Strassburger, who introduced the legislation in October. From 2015...
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House with lead paint

‘A huge first step:’ City Council set to consider lead safety law

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – About a month after introducing legislation aimed at reducing and mitigating lead exposure for Pittsburgh residents, particularly young children, City Council is set to consider the bill Tuesday. The legislation, formally known as the “Pittsburgh Lead Safety Law,” is a multi-pronged approach to prevent lead poisoning, including inspections for residential buildings and...
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Workers pull out old lead pipe in Pittsburgh

Legislation would focus on lead paint in Pittsburgh homes

Tribune-Review – Pittsburgh City Council on Monday advanced a proposed ordinance that aims to protect city residents from harmful lead exposure, though council members said the legislation should be considered only the first step in a larger effort. The measure aims to reduce the number of lead poisoning cases in the city, said Councilwoman Erika...
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Lead Safety Law

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Getting the lead out of Pittsburgh means addressing lead poisoning that comes from all sources: water, dust, soil and paint. Pittsburgh’s focus until now has been for the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority to replace lead service lines. But this is not enough. With Pittsburgh’s old housing stock (built before 1978) and...
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water from a faucet

Work hard to get the lead out

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – The lingering legacy of our city’s industrial past continues to echo throughout our community. Just one example is lead, a harmful neurotoxin that still remains in our homes, soil, water, and air as demolitions and renovations stir up dust and debris. Each year, as a result, hundreds of Pittsburgh kids are newly...
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