Advocates say the number of children under 6 with elevated levels of lead could be reduced if the state had been conducting lead paint inspections in single- and two-family dwellings as required by a 2008 state law.
Sen. Bob Menendez has introduced a bill to align HUD standards with the CDC when it comes to acceptable levels of lead in a child's blood. Currently, the CDC has a maximum of five micrograms per deciliter and the HUD standard is 20.
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