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Worker holding pipe in hole

PWSA, state Attorney General’s Office reach settlement in lead contamination case

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – The state Attorney General’s Office said Thursday that it has reached a settlement with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority over the agency’s handling of lead pipe replacements after high levels of the metal were found citywide in the aging system. Under the settlement, the PWSA must pay $500,000 to various organizations...
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Boy’s lead poisoning pushes grandmother to assert tenant rights

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – The news was bad. Janel Nicholas’ toddler grandson was tested in June with an elevated blood lead level of 35 micrograms per deciliter. Since that day, she’s found herself in a struggle to establish a lead-safe environment, taking what may be a new legal path for other families to get landlords to...
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Toys that may contain lead

Six Tips to Make Sure Your Child’s Holiday Toys are Safe

When the danger of lead poisoning is present in every corner of Allegheny County, how can you be sure the toys you’re buying are lead-free? December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month and experts warn that lead in toys and costume jewelry could be hazardous. Get The Lead Out, Pittsburgh is here to help...
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Young siblings on porch with Lead concerns

County’s Lead Safe Homes passed over for second HUD grant

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – For people working to protect children from lead-based paint hazards in the home, Allegheny County was regrettably not on the list of new grants announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The county still struggles to spend $3.4 million previously approved for its Lead Safe Homes program; it...
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Woman looking at lot poisoned by lead

What do you do when the corner lot is full of lead?

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Don’t go near the corner lot. That’s what Jackie Williams tells her kids — ages 11, 7 and 5 — when she takes them over to their grandmother’s house on Excelsior Street in Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood. There’s lead in the ground there, the McKees Rocks resident knows. “And all these kids are...
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Water dripping out of faucet

PWSA approves reimbursement program for private lead line replacements

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board on Friday approved a program to reimburse property owners who replaced their private lead water lines between Feb. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2018. Property owners who provide a plumber’s invoice and a county health department plumbing permit will be eligible to receive a check...
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Man walks around old house with lead paint

Partnerships aim to make Allegheny safe from lead hazards

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – As the Allegheny County Health Department, through mandated blood screening, is learning more about children being exposed to lead, the focus of the new Lead Safe Allegheny coalition of 16 nonprofit and public agencies is how to prevent the exposure, according to Dr. Karen Hacker, county health director. “We’re trying to get...
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More children are tested for lead, while home repairs try to keep up

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -Hundreds of children throughout Allegheny County have been found with elevated levels of lead in their blood since universal screening began in 2018 and thousands more children were tested. At the same time, efforts to prevent exposure in the first place have been slow to gain momentum, including a county-led pilot program to offer property owners help in removing...
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Peeling lead paint

Get out more lead

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – It’s not just lead in water. Young children and women of childbearing age are exposed to lead hazards from paint and soil as well. And it’s not just in Pittsburgh. According to the health department, there are “hot spots” throughout Allegheny County. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald appointed a Lead Task Force to...
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Allegheny County task force recommends program to reduce lead in rental properties

TribLIVE —Rental properties in Allegheny County should be inspected for lead in their paint and water each time they are sold to a new owner, a county lead task force recommends. The recommendation was among two dozen suggestions in the task force’s report released Tuesday . A rental inspection program in Rochester, N.Y., was identified as a...
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