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Call for Action to Protect Children in New Jersey from Lead Poisoning

Thousands of children in Garden State have shown elevated levels of lead in their blood. Advocates say issue is urgent despite high price tag

How can New Jersey protect children, especially those in low-income communities, from the dangers caused by exposure to lead and lead poisoning? A new report, released yesterday, suggests it could take at least ten years and massive spending to tackle the issue. “We’re talking about a $1.1 billion problem…” Ruth Ann Norton, president and CEO of Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, said. Most children are exposed to lead through paint on the walls and windowsills of old housing stock or schools. They’re also at risk from drinking water that’s piped through aging infrastructure and outdated fixtures.

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