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The New York Times reports that federal prosecutors in New York City will be conducting “a sweeping investigation of environmental health and safety conditions, including cases of elevate blood levels” found in public housing and homeless shelters.
An order was filed on Wednesday that directs the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to procure information about the cases of elevated blood lead levels among residents.
Prosecutors also sought any notification letters and lead-based-paint evaluation results regarding the relevant people, properties and incidents. They also sought documents reflecting complaints about health conditions in public housing and homeless shelters, including those about 'leaks, water damage, mold, particulate matter peeling paint in pre-1978 buildings, lead paint, rodents or insects, and all documents reflecting any response to, investigation of or evaluation of such complaints' by any city or state official or agency.