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16May

Pennsylvania ranks near top of states with kids with high levels of lead

By Nicole C. Brambila, Reading Eagle

Published: Wednesday May 10, 2017

Pennsylvania has among the nation’s largest percentage of children with high blood lead levels, according to a recently-published study in the Journal of Pediatrics.

With roughly 8 percent of the state’s children having lead-to-blood concentrations of 5 micrograms per deciliter, Pennsylvania is second only to Minnesota, where 10 percent of kids there have such levels.

The rate for children in the Reading area – which includes Laureldale where an idled battery plant is located – is more than twice the state rate at 16.8 percent with blood lead concentrations of 5 micrograms per deciliter.

The six-year study examined 5.2 million blood lead test results in children under 6 years of age and is believed to the be the largest analysis of its kind in the U.S.

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