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'Getting the Lead Out' - Moving Towards Safer Regulations

renewed standards a response to persistent contamination

Among all of the dangerous chemicals in our environment, lead has probably been the most prevalent in recent news. Nearly half a million children between ages 1 and 5 have what is considered an ‘elevated level’ of lead in their blood (at least 5µg/dL). While this may not seem to be that serious, there have been no safe levels of lead established. Some common exposures, most especially for children, happen through lead contaminated water and deteriorated lead-based paint in residential facilities or child occupied facilities built before 1978. All of the recent attention has compelled federal and state organizations to tighten up regulations to prevent our most sensitive populations, primarily young children, from being exposed to this harmful contaminant.

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