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A large coalition — made up of doctors, legal experts, advocacy groups, and others — is petitioning the state to lower its threshold for when public health agencies should address elevated blood lead levels in children.

Right now Indiana’s required threshold for many services is 10 micrograms per deciliter, twice as high as what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. 

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The City of South Bend has started the process of partnering with an organization that city officials hope will help make the best of state and federal funds to fix health hazards in homes.

The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, or GHHI, is a national organization that works with cities to bring together separate resources for home repairs and help homeowners have healthier homes.

  The Boy Scouts of America has issued a recall for neckerchief slides that contain levels of lead that exceed federal limits.

Colored enamel on the Wolf, Bear, Lion and Webelos slides contains lead, which is toxic if ingested by children.

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Residents living in homes built before 1978 in four Indiana cities can apply for the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.


South Bend Lead Tests More Targeted

Jun 18, 2018
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The non-profit Near Northwest Neighborhood in South Bend hosted free lead testing for area residents Saturday.

  The tests were primarily for children under the age of seven and pregnant women in census tract six on South Bend’s Northwest side.

Emily Dean is an outreach coordinator for Near Northwest Neighborhood. She said testing is the first step in addressing the issue of lead in the neighborhood.