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December 13, 2016 | Number of The Day
Number of micrograms of lead that constitute lead poisoning

Seeking to align its definition of lead poisoning with that of the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New Jersey Department of Health has recommended cutting its current blood-lead levels in half, to the 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood used by the CDC. Its current guideline is 10 micrograms.

Some 225,000 children in New Jersey have been afflicted by lead poisoning since 2000, including more than 3,000 who tested positive for high lead levels last year alone, according to state officials.

The health department will accept written comments on the proposal through February 3, 2017. Follow this link for information about electronic submissions.