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PA Attorney Josh Shapiro

AG Shapiro meets with Pittsburgh nonprofit about PWSA donation to combat lead dangers

Tribune-Review – Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro listened Thursday as the staff of a East Liberty-based nonprofit detailed how it is spending the $250,000 donation Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority agreed to make to the group to resolve a state investigation that found the authority exposed people to increased lead levels when it replaced pipes in 2016...
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Pittsburgh community groups want City Council to hold off on taking vote tied to American Rescue Plan

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Several organizations gathered Tuesday on the steps of the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh to speak out against a preliminary vote scheduled the next day by City Council, which is considering how it planned to spend $335 million — its allocation of federal American Rescue Plan funds. The planned vote has set...
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Lead paint in Wilkinsburg

Paint is source of high lead levels in Wilkinsburg homes, report finds

Tribune-Review – Concerned Wilkinsburg residents and community leaders met Wednesday to sift through a report on the high level of lead exposure in the borough and what to do about it. The report, “Get the Lead Out, Wilkinsburg” was compiled by Get the Lead Out, Pittsburgh and Women for a Healthy Environment. It detailed results...
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EPA Listens to Pittsburgh leaders at roundtable on lead in drinking water

The Allegheny Front – Lead levels in the Pittsburgh region’s tap water took the national spotlight at a community roundtable held on Thursday. The roundtable, held by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was the first in a series of 10 virtual events across the country to talk about updating the federal Lead and Copper Rule for drinking water. In...
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Kids continue to be poisoned by lead; vote as if their futures depend on it.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – At first, Delia just thought her son, Joseph, was a little behind the curve. He wasn’t crawling or speaking at the same age as his older siblings. It wasn’t until he got to school when he was disruptive in class, unable to keep up and considered “hyperactive” that she started to worry....
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Letter to the editor: We must protect children from toxic lead

Tribune-Review – We still have work to do to eliminate the threat of toxic lead in the lives of young children. The covid-19 virus has taken precedence over our health concerns, rightly so, but lead paint dust and lead in our drinking water still loom in the environment of our children and grandchildren. It exists...
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Lead paint

PWSA donates $250K to nonprofit as part of lead violation settlement

Tribune-Review – Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is following through on a settlement it reached in July to resolve violations of Pennsylvania’s Safe Drinking Water Act. As part of the settlement, PWSA agreed to donate $250,000 to Women for a Healthy Environment, a nonprofit that will use the money to offer free and reduced cost testing to city...
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Get the Lead out, Pgh

Pittsburgh City Council Commits to Introduction of Legislation to Prevent Lead Poisoning

Pittsburgh, PA (October 27, 2020) – In recognition of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, Pittsburgh City Council is announcing their commitment to a lead-safe Pittsburgh by collaborating on legislation that would prevent lead poisoning and by raising awareness of the issues surrounding exposure to lead hazards in the community.
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Graph of children tested for lead in Allegheny county

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County officials talk about household lead issues with experts

Tribune-Review – Children exposed to lead have lower IQs and are more likely to develop attention deficit disorders, and adults who are exposed are at greater risk for heart disease. That’s what a leading researcher of the problem told Pittsburgh City Council members Tuesday. While the effects of exposure to lead have been known for more than...
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Workers pull out old lead pipe in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh officials to hear from outside experts about how to tackle lead issues

Tribune-Review – Children who live in Pittsburgh remain more likely to have higher lead levels than those who live in other areas of the country, according to the Allegheny County Health Department. City officials are working to change that trend. For several years, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has worked to replace lead service lines and is working...
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