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Woman uses sensor to detect lead on banister
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – It’s great news that the levels of lead in Pittsburgh’s drinking water have declined to the lowest point in 20 years, as reported in the July 23 article “PWSA: Lead Levels Greatly Reduced in City’s Water.” However, we should not rest on our laurels that our lead problems are over. Here in...
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Worker in hole fixing pipes
Tribune-Review – Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority will hire an independent monitor and make $500,000 in donations to organizations that promote safety for those exposed to lead in old water pipes as part of an agreement, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Thursday. PWSA unnecessarily exposed people to increased lead levels in their drinking water...
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Worker holding pipe in hole
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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Boys home that contained Lead
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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Young siblings on porch with Lead concerns
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
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
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
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
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
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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