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Childhood lead poisoning may be less talked about these days, but an investigation found it remains the top toxic health hazard for children. The problem is acute and persistent in parts of Maine, especially among poor and immigrant families.
From 2003 through 2013, 1,512 Maine children were diagnosed with lead poisoning.
‘Incremental’ progress: Maine’s effort to address lead poisoning was gaining momentum before COVID-19
Testing and inspections have rebounded since the start of the pandemic, but the brain-damaging disease continues to affect hundreds of Maine children a year.
Legislature kills contractor training, certification bill designed to reduce lead poisoning
A bill reinforcing contractor requirements for work on buildings containing lead is dead after the Maine House and Senate failed to come to agreement.
New bill proposes contractor training, certifications to reduce lead poisoning
Seeking to reduce the instances of Mainers getting lead poisoning due to careless renovations, a lawmaker introduced a proposal to require EPA training and certification in lead-safe removal methods for contractors working on older buildings.
EPA targeting Lewiston-Auburn to reduce risk to children from improper lead paint removal
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin targeting contractors in the Lewiston-Auburn area who are failing to follow the law that requires them to remove lead paint safely.
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