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Sununu Signs New Lead Exposure Protections Into Law

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Britta Greene
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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.