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Pittsburgh has a lead problem

Pittsburgh City Council can fix it

Lead poisoning has dangerous, irreversible effects on our health and our community. Even though children in every district of Pittsburgh have been identified with elevated blood lead levels, Pittsburgh City Council is slow to act to protect our children.

Right now, kids are spending more time in their homes – most of which were built before 1978 and contain lead-based paint – so the pandemic is worsening a problem that’s impact we won’t know for years.

Most recent new cases of lead poisoning

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children in Bobby Wilson’s District 1
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children in Theresa Kail-Smith’s District 2
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children in Bruce Kraus’s District 3
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children in Anthony Coghill’s District 4
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children in Corey O’Connor’s District 5
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children in R. Danielle Lavelle’s District 6
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children in Deb Gross’s District 7
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children in Erika Strassburger’s District 8
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children in Ricky Burgess’s District 9

That’s 849 children who have been poisoned by lead over four years.

These 849 children join the thousands of kids who have been poisoned by lead in the years prior, or haven’t yet been identified, and are still facing the cognitive and behavioral problems that last a lifetime. It’s especially devastating because lead poisoning is completely preventable.

For Pittsburgh City Council, the Get the Lead Out, Pittsburgh campaign drafted a comprehensive Pittsburgh Lead Safety Law designed to address the causes of lead exposure and eliminate lead poisoning in our City by identifying and preventing lead hazards:

  • In rental properties and child-occupied facilities;
  • Caused by repairs and renovations that disturb lead-based paint;
  • Caused by demolitions that stir up lead dust;
  • In our soil and in our drinking water.

Hundreds of Pittsburghers have shown their support for a Pittsburgh lead safety law. Yet, Pittsburgh has done less than Cleveland, Baltimore, or Buffalo to protect our children. Meanwhile, dozens more of our kids are poisoned by lead.

Timeline

Summer 2019

Get the Lead Out, Pittsburgh campaign began meeting with each Pittsburgh City Council member to discuss the need for a lead safety law.

Winter/Spring 2020

At the request of City Council members, the campaign drafted a proposed ordinance, in consultation with stakeholders and experts.

October 2020

With the draft ordinance in hand, Pittsburgh City Council issued a proclamation committing to enact legislation to protect citizens from the horrors of lead poisoning.

March 2021

As our kids continue to be poisoned by lead, we wait for Council to act.

Take Action

3. Contact your Pittsburgh City Council representative and urge them to enact a Pittsburgh lead safety law before more children are harmed just by virtue of living in our city. Find a sample letter here.