Water filters on pipes in some Newark public schools show the district has been battling elevated lead levels in the drinking water for some time. Newark and the state are each saying the other is working to conduct lead testing for city students.
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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