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Governor Sununu stands with NHLA, health experts, to protect NH kids

Posted Dec 31, 2017

GOVERNOR SUNUNU TO STAND WITH BIPARTISAN LEGISLATIVE COALITION IN SUPPORT OF COMMON-SENSE LEAD POISOINING PREVENTION FOR KIDS

 

CONCORD, N.H. – On Tuesday, Governor Sununu will join health care providers, advocates and policy makers in urging the New Hampshire Legislature to support SB 247, a common sense bill to enhance lead poisoning prevention in New Hampshire for children.

New Hampshire has the oldest housing stock in the country, meaning many children are at risk for lead poisoning, especially from deteriorating paint. No amount of lead in a child’s blood is safe; lead causes life-long neurological and behavioral damage. Every year, several hundred additional Granite State children are diagnosed with elevated blood lead levels, and thousands more go untested and untreated.

SB 247, due for a floor vote in the first week of 2018, provides recommendations to address the persistent threat issue of childhood lead poisoning in New Hampshire, such as establishing universal lead testing for all one- and two-year olds (while providing parents the right to opt out) and gradually reducing the state’s regulatory “action level” from a blood lead level of 10 micrograms per deciliter to 7.5 in July 2019, and to 5 in July 2021.