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
County introduces measure to collect lead level data for children

County introduces measure to collect lead level data for children

Children in Allegheny County could soon be required to undergo testing for blood lead levels before enrolling in county schools.

An ordinance introduced Tuesday night at the Allegheny County Council meeting would mandate testing for children at approximately the ages of nine to 12 months old, with additional testing required again at 24 months of age.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Health Department receives grant to tackle lead issues, creates Lead Task Force

Allegheny County Health Department receives grant to tackle lead issues, creates Lead Task Force

The Allegheny County Health Department announced Wednesday that it has received a $300,000 grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation to support the expansion of the department’s lead activities. 

The grant is expected to provide the support needed to inform, prevent, screen and monitor the risks of lead found in homes across the county. The funds will go towards examining and updating the current housing-based lead program and associated policies to ensure it is following the best evidence-based practices for lead poisoning prevention, surveillance and intervention, according to a statement by the ACHD.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Health Board considers mandatory lead testing of young children

Allegheny County Health Board considers mandatory lead testing of young children

The Allegheny County Board of Health met Wednesday to consider a proposal that would require lead testing for young children. 

According to the proposed measure, children between the ages of nine and 12 months and again at two years old, would be required to undergo blood testing to detect if lead is present in their system.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Philadelphia, Allegheny County release reports on anti-lead exposure efforts

Philadelphia, Allegheny County release reports on anti-lead exposure efforts

Both Philadelphia and Allegheny County Monday released reports on anti-lead exposure efforts within their respective jurisdictions showing differing levels of progress in combatting exposure to lead.

 

In light of recent reports showing elevated levels of lead in public drinking water provided by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), an audit by Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner shows that the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has not prioritized responding to local concerns. 

 

“Right now, no agency is taking the lead on ensuring that this issue is addressed- and the Health Department should be that agency,” said Wagner at a Monday afternoon press conference. “No other agency has the scientific expertise, the ear of the community on public health issues, the partnerships with the philanthropic community, and- most importantly- the authority over our fragmented structure of water services."

Tuesday, December 20, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
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