Chipping and peeling paint in older Pennsylvania homes have been found to be the culprit for high lead poisoning rates among children in Pennsylvania.

This lead exposure impacts those who are living in homes built before 1978, when lead paint was banned. In Pennsylvania alone, 90 children were found to have more than 10 micrograms per deciliter of lead in their blood in 2015. This is twice the level of safe lead exposure, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2013, Montgomery County Health Department stopped mandatory lead testing when funding for the program was reduced by the CDC.

Statewide, funds for lead poisoning initiatives flow through the Pennsylvania Lead and Healthy Homes Program, an umbrella initiative promoting education and prevention of health risks in homes...With a large stock of older housing, Pennsylvania cities have had to contend with lead poisoning, and the development delays it can cause in children, for decades, said Karen Murphy, secretary of the state Department of Health.
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