With much of the state’s housing stock built before 1978, York City, Penn. had to test hundreds of children across the city for lead exposure. In just 2013 alone, one-third of tests on children showed that they had high levels of lead in their blood. Lead exposure tests shows that 12.4% out of the 1,612 children in York had blood levels higher than the deemed “safe” exposure of lead by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Yet, in that same year funding for the lead exposure testing program was cut. This comes at a critical time as cities across the country are reevaluating their lead prevention programs follow the lead water crisis in Flint, Mich. The citizens of York City aren’t worried about lead in their water, they’re worried about lead in paint from older homes.

As York Daily Record reporter Brandie Kessler notes,

There is old housing stock outside the city, she said, and people remodeling their older homes can unknowingly disturb lead paint, throwing lead dust into the air.

To read more about how other cities across the country are combating lead paint exposure, click below.

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