NYS Budget Protects Children from Lead

The 2020 enacted budget includes notable measures to protect our children from lead. New York acted to lower the definition of elevated pediatric blood lead from 10 μg/dL to 5 μg/dL, and lower the threshold for intervention from 15 µg/dl to 5 µg/dl of blood lead. CHNY and several JustGreen Partners played a major role in advocating for these improvements. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lowered the definition of elevated pediatric blood lead from 10 μg/dL to 5 μg/dL, based on strong scientific evidence that lead causes irreparable harm to children at very low levels. However, New York State did not follow suit until now. The state has the highest number of children with lead p

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