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Maine reduced the blood lead level that triggers home lead inspections, resulting in removal of more lead hazards and reduced lead levels in children.

July 23, 2019

More than a quarter of homes in Maine were built before 1950, when lead paint was widely used. Lead in the blood of infants and children can cause health and developmental problems and affect nearly every system in the body. Maine had required inspection of a child’s home if the child’s blood lead level went above 15 micrograms per deciliter. But in 2015, in response to newer CDC recommendationspdf icon

There were concerns that the increased number of inspections would not find enough lead hazards to justify the expense. But a new studyexternal icon

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Andrew E. Smith, ScD, SM, State Toxicologist, Maine Center for Disease Control and Preventionexternal icon

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