LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Physicians and Maine officials are preparing for the implementation of a new state law requiring lead screening of children ages 1 and 2.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Workers from a Twin Cities area plant that was closed over lead poisoning concerns are calling on the state to reopen the plant.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities shut down production of goods containing lead at a Twin Cities-area manufacturing company Monday amid concerns about lead poisoning among plant workers'...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two longtime Indiana environmental groups have merged and drafted plans for a refocused mission on children's environmental and health initiatives.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $12.4 million in Rhode Island to protect low-income families from lead-based paint and home health...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $45 million to Ohio to identify and eliminate lead paint in homes.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania officials are hoping to lower the risk of lead poisoning through mandated blood testing for children and other measures.
PARIS (AP) — Paris authorities shut down streets surrounding the Notre Dame Cathedral to decontaminate them Tuesday, after high levels of lead were registered in the area following the April blaze...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman who survived a 2007 mass shooting in Utah said Thursday she has lead poisoning from 300 shotgun pellets still in her body, leaving her with debilitating headaches,...
PARIS (AP) — Workers in full protective gear began Thursday to decontaminate some Paris schools tested with unsafe levels of lead following the blaze at the Notre Dame Cathedral, as part of...
PARIS (AP) — Health officials in Paris said Wednesday that a young boy needs medical monitoring because tests conducted after the Notre Dame Cathedral fire showed that he was at risk of lead...
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal jury in Milwaukee on Friday awarded $2 million each to three men who sued three major paint and pigment companies which the men claimed were responsible for the lead...
WILLIAMS, Ariz. (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit challenging the use of lead ammunition in a northern Arizona forest.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A University of Minnesota diagnostic lab report shows that dead trumpeter swans found at Sucker Lake in Vadnais Heights earlier this month died of lead poisoning.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A trumpeter swan treated for suspected lead poisoning has been released back to the wild.
The Skagit Valley Herald reports the swan was found January 17 when it...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A human rights expert on Wednesday urged the United Nations to take "immediate action" to provide justice and remedies to displaced minority communities in Kosovo who were...
Pittsburgh's beleaguered water authority will spend $50 million to replace lead service lines, give filters to low-income residents and take other steps to address the city's lead crisis under a settlement approved Thursday by state utility regulators.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois health officials are requesting about $5 million more from the state to implement new rules aimed at identifying and caring for children under 6 years with lead poisoning.
Pittsburgh's water and sewer authority was charged criminally Friday over allegations that it mishandled a lead pipe replacement program and put more than 150 households at elevated risk of lead poisoning.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis has seen lead poisoning cases drop dramatically since the 1990s, but officials are growing worried that the city's demolitions are reversing years of progress and putting children at risk.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A handful of lawsuits in child lead poisoning cases recently have alleged the city health department has been negligent in its handling and reporting of such cases.
So far, the suits brought to court have been central to getting the suffering families any action on these abatement cases, so their lawyer is asking the city to fix its agency.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Health experts are urging people living near a Chattanooga Superfund site to have their children tested for lead contamination.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nearly 1,300 day cares in Oregon have missed a deadline to submit drinking water test results to state officials to make sure children aren't at risk of lead poisoning.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports in a story on Saturday that one in three licensed day cares in Oregon failed to meet the Sept. 30 deadline.
State officials say that of the 2,600 day cares that did turn in test results, 43 found lead above state standards.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The Maine Affordable Housing Coalition says more children are being deemed to suffer from lead poisoning under a new standard.
State childhood lead poisoning rates from the past year, compiled by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, identified 322 children.
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of New York City's Department of Sanitation is leading a new initiative aimed at cutting down lead exposure throughout the city.
The Wall Street Journal reports Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that Kathryn Garcia will start next week as the senior adviser for citywide lead exposure prevention.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — At age 2, Yasmine Clark was lead-poisoned so severely that she had to be hospitalized for emergency chelation treatment to cleanse her blood of life-threatening levels of the heavy metal.
At age 5, Yasmine was again diagnosed with lead poisoning. She suffered significant brain damage. Her IQ declined. She developed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is re-launching a campaign to educate minority parents about the dangers of childhood lead poisoning.
The campaign, consisting of billboards, advertisements on social media and public service announcements, will be funded by a grand from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) — A recent report showing 1 in 7 children tested positive for lead poisoning two years ago in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park still represented an improvement over previous years, according to historic data.
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) — Tests have found one in seven children in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park had elevated lead levels in their blood in 2016, a rate higher than any other community evaluated by the state.
The state Department of Health and Human Services' report from the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program found elevated lead blood levels in 14 percent of children tested in Highland Park.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and an attorney for nearly 170 lead-poisoned children allege the paint industry is trying to shift blame to contaminated water.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Poaching, poisoning and other hazards have taken a heavy toll on Africa's endangered vultures. New research suggests that the scavengers also face another threat — toxic bullet lead that they ingest while eating the carcasses of animals shot by legal hunters.
DETROIT (AP) — A task force has been created to prevent lead poisoning from paint in Detroit homes with children.
The Detroit health department says Tuesday that a pilot program will target areas where data shows the highest prevalence of elevated blood lead levels in children.
That program starts this summer and includes identifying homes where there are children and pregnant women. The program also will identify other potential lead hazards.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Health Department has no record it conducted environmental investigations at more than 100 homes where children had elevated lead levels in their blood, according to an audit released Monday.
The report is a response to the health agency's revelation earlier this month that it could not say whether it sent follow-up letters to more than 6,000 families whose children tested positive for high lead levels.
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House has passed a bill aimed at preventing childhood lead poisoning.
The bill would require blood testing for lead in all children age 2 and under and would lower the threshold at which the state must carry out tests of an apartment to determine whether landlords must remove lead hazards. The bill also provides $6 million in loan guarantees for property owners for abatement projects.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is backing a bill aimed at preventing lead poisoning in New Hampshire children.
Sununu will join health care providers, advocates and policy makers on Tuesday in urging the Legislature to pass a bill held over from last year that would establish universal lead testing for all 1- and 2-year-olds. It also would gradually reduce the blood lead level that triggers state regulatory action.
Maine's new lead exposure standards have led to a 10-fold jump in children identified as having been poisoned by lead.
The Portland Press Herald reports that a new law that changed standards for lead poisoning has identified 386 children as having been poisoned by lead. The law has been in effect for a year.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A neighborhood group in South Bend has won a $30,000 federal grant to prevent lead poisoning in children.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's funding will allow the Near Northwest Neighborhood Inc. to hire two part-time community outreach workers for a one-year effort starting in January.
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — Indiana will spend up to $3 million in each of the next five years to provide lead testing, prevention and removal in East Chicago, South Bend and other cities with higher risks for lead exposure among children from low-income families.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Less than a third of toddlers on Medicaid in the state were tested for lead poisoning last year, despite a federal rule that requires all children on the social health care program to be tested, a Wisconsin Department of Health Services report says.
LINCOLNVILLE, Maine (AP) — The drummer for the band Phish is trying to raise lead poisoning awareness after an alarming experience with his young son.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A pediatrician who helped call attention to childhood health risks from exposure to lead in Flint, Michigan's water supply is one of five people being honored with $250,000 prizes from the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Family Foundation.
The foundation awards recognize innovative work in the arts, environment, human condition, public policy and economics categories.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A human rights group urged the United Nations on Thursday to reverse its policy and pay compensation to members of the Roma and other minority communities in Kosovo who were resettled in U.N.-run camps in the late 1990s and now suffer from lead poisoning.
BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys for an Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three sons out of jealousy over the attention her husband gave them say her videotaped confession should be tossed out after experts concluded she has brain damage and a low IQ.
The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2eNQVLU ) attorneys for 25-year-old Brittany Pilkington say childhood trauma and lead poisoning impaired her ability to "knowingly" waive her rights to police.
MOULTONBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Loon Preservation Committee says two loons have died after ingesting lead fishing tackle.
One loon was found May 21 on Massabesic Lake in Auburn. An X-ray showed fishing tackle in the loon's gizzard. The bird died overnight, and the state veterinary laboratory confirmed it had ingested a lead sinker.
U.S. health agencies on Wednesday warned that certain blood tests for lead poisoning may give results lower than the actual level of lead.
As a result, some children under 6, along with pregnant and nursing women, may need retesting, the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.