Legislation To Changed Guidelines For Lead In Water

Legislation To Changed Guidelines For Lead In Water

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DEATH OF ANTWON ROSE. PENNSYLVANIA WANTS TO CUT DOWN ON THE RISK OF LEAD EXPOSURE IN CHILDREN. GOVERNOR TOM WOLF VISITED UPMC HOSPITAL THIS AFTERNOON TO LOOK AT NEW TESTING GUIDELINES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS. Reporter: GOVERNOR TOM WOLF CAME OFF STRONG WITH THESE SHOCKING NUMBERS. PENNSYLVANIA HAS THE SIXTH HIGHEST PERCENTAGE RATE FOR CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM LEAD POISONING IN THE COUNTRY. Reporter: AND THE GOVERNOR WENT ON TO SAY THESE ARE CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED AND STILL THOUSANDS OF OTHERS WHO HAVE BEEN EXPOSED AND HAVE LEAD POISONING BUT DON’T KNOW IT. IT CAN LEAD TO IRREVERSIBLE BRAIN DAMAGE AND ORGAN DAMAGE. HERE ARE THE SCARY FACTS. EXPOSURE CAN COME FROM HOUSEHOLDS, SCHOOLS, CHILDCARE CENTERS, AND FACILITIES THAT STILL HAVE LEAD PIPE WATER LINES AND LEAD PAINT. 70% OF STRUCTURES IN PENNSYLVANIA WERE BUILT BEFORE 1978. THE YEAR LEAD PAINT WAS BANNED FROM BEING SOLD. GOVERNOR WOLF HAS A PLAN. HE’S CALLING ON THE LEGISLATURE. FIRST STEP, PASS UNIVERSAL LEAD TESTING THIS FALL. RIGHT NOW ONLY ABOUT 30% OF PENNSYLVANIA CHILDREN HAVE BEEN TESTED FOR LEAD. Reporter: STEP TWO. REGION RESPONSE TEAMS WHICH WILL DEVELOP A PLAN TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE IN THE DIFFERENT REGIONS AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH. THEY WILL MAKE THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE HOPE WE CAN GET TO A LEAD-FREE PENNSYLVANIA. Reporter: HE SAYS HE WILL CONTINUE TO SEEK FUNDING TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. SOME OF THOSE MONEYS HAVE ALREADY BEEN PUT INTO USE IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY AND THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH. WE GET INTO MANDATORY TESTING. AND IT HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL. I THINK WE’RE THE ONLY COUNTY STILL THAT HAS MANDATORY TESTING FOR KIDS AT NINE MONTHS TO 12 MONTHS AND ONTO 24 MONTHS. AND WE HAVE SEEN THE AMOUNT OF KIDS WHO ARE GETTING TESTED. BUT ALSO THE AMOUNT OF THE LEVELS THAT ARE COMING DOWN. AS WE STAND HERE TODAY, WE HAVE 4,400 HOMES THAT NO LONGER HAVE LEAD LINES IN THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH. BY THE END OF 2021, WE WILL HAVE 8,000 HOMES THAT NO LONGER HAVE LEAD LINES IN THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH. Reporter: THE MAYOR SAYS BY THE END OF 2024, THERE WILL BE

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