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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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Children sitting on porch

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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