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Maine legislators want to raise lead testing standards

AUGUSTA - Lead poisoning is scary to think about, especially when you have small children.

Senator Amy Volk and Representative Jared Golden joined housing advocates in the success of a landmark new state law aimed at better addressing childhood lead poisoning in Maine.

 

The law lowered the threshold for detecting lead in a child's blood, which is a lower standard that aligns with the federal recommendations.

 

Senator Amy Volk, R-Buxton, said "This is definitely one of the times where I feel like we've done the right thing, and we have gotten federal funding to clean up these buildings, and again it's a finite problem and we just need to make sure we're doing the right thing for the children on Maine."

 

Lewiston being the most concentrated area, Augusta, and even Bangor have hot spots for lead poisoning.