A California assemblyman is take steps to protect California children from lead poisoning. In response to reports about higher rates of lead poisoning among children in certain parts of the state, Assemblyman Bill Quirk of Hayward introduced a bill that would require lead testing for all young children.
In 2012, more than 650,000 California children under the age of 21 were tested for lead, according to the state’s Department of Public Health. About 2% of those children or 16,000 kids had lead levels in their blood considered potentially unsafe. Lead poisoning could lead to increased risk for heart and kidney damage, future reproductive problems, and brain and nerve damage.
Children under the age of 6 showed particularly high rates of lead exposure in certain parts of California. Certain neighborhoods in the Fresno and Alameda areas actually tested worse than Flint, Michigan, where lead contaminated the public drinking water for years.
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