Advocates call for passage of Pa. law requiring lead water testing in schools

Bob Bauder | Tuesday, March 26, 2019, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Officials in Pittsburgh on Wednesday called for the passage of state legislation that would require school districts to test their drinking water for lead.

Legislation from state Rep. Karen Boback, R-Luzerne, introduced Wednesday would also drastically reduce a statewide threshold for lead levels in water at schools and require districts to disclose test results to the public.

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Wolf: All kids should be blood tested for lead by age 2

Wendy Ruderman | Wednesday, August 30, 2017, Philadelphia Inquirer

Unlike some states, Pennsylvania doesn’t require children to be tested for lead exposure by age 2. As a result, thousands most at risk of effects from the toxic metal, including reduced IQ and behavioral problems, go undetected at a critical time in brain development.

But on Wednesday, Gov. Wolf called on state health officials and lawmakers to work together to pass a law requiring physicians to test every child’s blood for lead by age 2. “Only with universal testing will we know the true scope of lead poisoning in Pennsylvania and be able to refer affected children to care,” Wolf said in a statement.

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