WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to prevent lead poisoning in the nation's public and assisted housing, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today called on the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to update the blood lead level standard in public and assisted households with children. The Senators encouraged HUD to match the agency's standards for acceptable blood lead levels with the latest standards advised by public health officials. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lowered its blood lead threshold for children from 10 to 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of…
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