Allegheny County Controller blasts Health Department's reaction to lead in new audit report

Allegheny County Controller blasts Health Department's reaction to lead in new audit report

On the same day that Pittsburgh City Council passed a bill to expedite the process of removing lead water service lines from the city’s infrastructure, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner criticized the county’s health department’s response to lead contamination just hours later.

Wagner released her office’s audit of the Allegheny County Health Department’s (ACHD) programs in response to elevated lead water levels. In April, Wagner announced that her office would perform the audit after concerns that the health department was not seriously considering water as a source of lead contamination.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Lead levels in Pittsburgh's drinking water starting to improve

Lead levels in Pittsburgh's drinking water starting to improve

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority announced Tuesday that it is now in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency's standards for lead levels in drinking water according to its most recent compliance testing.
128 residential samples were collected through June 2017 and the 90th percentile value was calculated at 15 parts per billion (ppb), the EPA action level. Less than 10 percent of homes were above 15 ppb.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Council approves lead blood test mandate for children

Allegheny County Council approves lead blood test mandate for children

Allegheny County Council approved a resolution mandating blood lead level testing for children at approximately the ages of nine to 12 months old, with additional testing required again at 24 months of age. The resolution passed the council by a 15 to 2 vote, with Councilman Edward Kress (District 3) and Councilwoman Sue Means (District 5) voting against the measure.

The new ordinance would require children to have their blood lead level tests completed before enrolling in kindergarten at county schools. Schools would additionally be required to inform parents of the testing requirement prior to their children’s admission into the school.

Thursday, July 6, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Senate passes bills to aid citizens with lead line repairs while Pittsburgh City Council postpones vote on similar legislation

Senate passes bills to aid citizens with lead line repairs while Pittsburgh City Council postpones vote on similar legislation

Pittsburgh City Council has postponed a vote on legislation that would permit the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to replace homeowners private lead water service lines for one more week.  


The legislation, which was introduced by council last week, was held for further discussion on important remaining questions such as cost and timeline.  


Wednesday, June 21, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman

Categories: Pittsburgh
Senate approves lead task force, considers legislation to help replace private contaminated water lines

Senate approves lead task force, considers legislation to help replace private contaminated water lines

The Senate approved legislation earlier this month to create a bipartisan task force with the hopes of investigating the scope of Pennsylvania’s lead exposure problem.  


Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) introduced the resolution with the knowledge that lead exposure can threaten the health and well-being of every Pennsylvanian- especially seniors and children.  


The resolution calls for an advisory committee of the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a review of state law and public policy related to lead exposure and abatement practices and then submit a report to the task force and full Senate within 18-months.  


Monday, June 19, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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