New Lead Testing Laws For Schools’ Drinking Water In Illinois

As our country continues to progress in the fight against lead exposure and lead poisoning, Governor Bruce Rauner of Illinois signed legislation this week requiring elementary schools and day care centers to test their drinking water for lead and notify parents of the results.

“Under the law, Illinois schools built before 1987 will have to test by the year’s end. Those constructed between 1987 and 2000 have until the end of 2018. Day care centers constructed before 2000 that serve children under 6 will also have to test.”

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Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home

Simple Steps To Protect Your Family
From Lead Hazards

If you think your home has high levels of lead:
◆ Get your young children tested for lead, even if they seem healthy.
◆ Wash children’s hands, bottles, pacifiers, and toys often…

Where Lead-Based Paint Is Found

Many homes built before 1978 have leadbased paint. The federal government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978. Some states stopped its use even earlier. Lead can be found:
◆ In homes in the city, country, or suburbs.
◆ In apartments, single-family homes, and both private and public housing…

Identifying Lead Hazards

Lead-based paint is usually not a hazard if it is in good condition, and it is not on an impact or friction […] Read more

7 Interesting Facts About Lead

We stumbled upon an interesting article about lead this week from PBS.

Our favorite fact from the article:

“Lead is an impostor. It is so similar to calcium that human cells take on lead instead.”

Read the full article here.

If you are concerned about lead hazards in your home or workplace, give us a call today for lead testing or lead abatement.

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Massachusets’ Battle With Lead

The Boston Globe has posted an informative article today about its state’s ongoing struggles with lead poisoning. Lead can be found in lead paint, lead pipes, and more. When someone, especially a child, is exposed to this hazard, sad consequences can result.

A favorite excerpt from this article:

‘A heavy, soft metal, lead has countless industrial uses, including in batteries and bullets. It was a primary ingredient in water pipes, solder, and paint until its use in those products was banned. “Numerous studies have documented correlations between childhood lead poisoning and future school performance, unemployment, crime, violence, and incarceration, making lead exposure an […] Read more

Lead Issues In America

Recently TV host John Oliver released a very informative video about lead problems in America. Lead paint and lead pipes continue to poison thousands and thousands of people in America every year. It is our quest at Pacific Environmental Group to help eradicate this problem and provide safer environments for our clients. For more information on lead issues and ways to keep yourself safe, check out this video.



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