NYLCV urges state to lower lead levels in schools

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New York should reduce the amount of lead that is allowed in school sinks and water fountains, according to a report from environmentalists. Long Island has the most number of schools that would be impacted, while Western New York and the Hudson Valley rank second and third because of how old the schools are in each region.

U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on Saturday announced $5.6 million in federal funding for Erie County and $2.75 million for Niagara County under the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program.

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OSHA has issued 21 citations against the Buffalo Zoo during construction of its new Amphibian and Reptile Center.

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Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins is calling on the state to get tougher when it comes to preventing lead poisoning in children.

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The Niagara Falls Water Board will be replacing more lead pipe water lines this year than planned. Albany threw in $575,000 to allow more of the potentially dangerous lines to be removed and replaced with safer piping.

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The extent of Buffalo’s childhood lead poisoning epidemic may be worse than documented by government agencies. Many children may not be getting tested for lead in their blood in a city that has been described as “ground zero” for the lead poisoning across upstate New York.


A Lockport real estate broker is facing up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine for not providing a lead paint warning notice to a property buyer.

A new report compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts offers some key findings and recommendations for preventing and responding to the problem of childhood lead exposure.

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An Erie County lawmaker says if clothing manufacturers are required to disclose where their products were made and what's in the materials, so too should makers of products inserted into dental patient's mouths.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s plan to combat lead poisoning is off to a slow start. As Investigative Post environmental reporter Dan Telvock found, the pace of execution for the mayor’s plan is slower than many residents expect.

Last year’s lead poisoning crisis in Flint, MI stemmed from that city’s drinking water supply. However, in Buffalo most lead poisoning cases come from lead paint. That will be the topic of conversation Thursday evening at the Merriweather Library on Jefferson Avenue.

Ever since the tragedy in Flint, Michigan, where lead in drinking water poisoned hundreds of children, attention has focused on the nation’s lead regulations.

The Environmental Protection Agency implemented the Lead and Copper Rule in 1991, and is now considering updating it. But some experts fear proposed changes could actually weaken protections for public health.

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All drinking fountains in Lackawanna City Schools have been turned off and sinks have warning signs on them, after elevated levels of lead were found from a variety of sources.

Schools in New York state are now required to test their drinking water for lead contamination.

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Local officials are responding to a British report that suggests more than two dozen U.S. cities, including Buffalo, used "cheats" while measuring water for lead levels.

A new report says Buffalo is one of 33 US cities that cheat when measuring lead in drinking water.

A coalition of groups in New York is calling on state legislators to take action to keep lead out of school drinking water.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has unveiled proposed legislation that would fund lead-testing at daycare centers.  Schumer said his bill would help daycare centers and schools across the state to test drinking water for possible lead contamination. 

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Senator Charles Schumer is urging federal authorities to take action in assuring the safety of Halloween makeup.