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Sununu Signs New Lead Exposure Protections Into Law

Britta Greene
New Hampshire Public Radio
Governor Chris Sununu celebrated the work of local officials in pushing for tighter statewide lead regulations. Claremont Mayor Charlene Lovett (right) and Sen. Dan Feltes (D-Concord) stood with the governor at the signing Thursday in Claremont.

Governor Chris Sununu signed into law Thursday morning new protections against childhood lead exposure.

At a signing ceremony in Claremont, the Governor championed the public health impact of the new law.

"We will, without a doubt, prevent a lot of children from getting lead poisoning,” he said. “That's a really good thing"

The legislation mandates lead screenings for all one and two year olds. It also lowers the blood-lead level that triggers state intervention.

Sununu was in Claremont for the signing because Claremont's been a leader in pushing for reform on this front. The city schools there instituted a first-of-its-kind testing requirement for young students this fall.

"When one community has a strong voice, it can have a huge positive impact for the rest of the state,” Sununu said.

New Hampshire is a high-risk state for lead poisoning. That's because of its old housing stock. Even the tiniest amount of lead paint, or lead dust, can be toxic to children.

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