Lawmakers aim to address lead hazards with legislation
Three bills focused on identifying lead contamination in playgrounds, day care centers and schools have been making their way through the Legislature following studies that show hazardous lead levels have been found in several New Orleans parks. The proposals, near final passage, would require new day care facilities, preschools and certain elementary schools to be inspected for possible lead contamination. Agencies engaged in lead-reduction work would be required to inform the public of federal standards for allowable amounts of lead in online posts. Results of inspections also would be posted online. New Orleans Sen. J.P. Morrell says he hopes the legislation will launch a sustained effort to address high levels of lead. A recent Tulane University study found 61% of New Orleans homes tested in a random sample showed lead levels surpassing federal standards.
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