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Physicians, health advocates, and lawmakers convened a news conference Tuesday to remind parents and doctors that a new state law now requires that every child be tested for lead exposure at ages one and two.

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2nd District Congressman Jared Golden held a roundtable discussion at Community Concepts in Lewiston, with a focus on addressing the what he calls the "lead crisis in Maine." 

Lead-based paint was extremely popular in the early and mid-20th century — used in an estimated 38 million homes across the U.S. before it was banned for residential use in 1978.

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Maine Senator Susan Collins is asking the Trump Administration for the prompt release of funds for a new lead remediation program.

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Maine's childhood screening rate for lead poisoning is the lowest in New England, according to a new report released by the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine is testing more homes for lead, following a federal recommendation aiming to stop lead exposure before children become sick.
State toxicologist Andrew Smith told the Kennebec Journal that a new standard for lead levels means the state is intervening in more cases, performing home inspections to determine the source of the lead.
Under a new guideline implemented in September, more than 200 children have qualified for a home inspection. Under the old standard, fewer than 50 would have.

PORTLAND, Maine - Two schools in Yarmouth have elevated lead levels.  That's according to voluntary tests performed by the school district in two of its older buildings.

Yarmouth Superintendent Andrew Dolloff says it's likely those lead levels are the result of corrosion in faucets. He says the district is already taking action to make sure students aren't exposed more than they already have been.

Maine’s three largest cities are among others across the U.S. identified in a recent British newspaper for using testing protocols that could hide lead contamination. But water district officials in Portland, Lewiston and Bangor say the newspaper investigation unfairly compares past testing practices to new federal recommendations released just months ago.

Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services is on the cusp of expanding efforts to respond to the problem of lead poisoning.

It’s a welcome development for some who criticized DHHS earlier this year for failing to act more quickly in connection with a new state law that tightened lead poisoning standards and allocated $1 million toward implementation. There are also concerns about lead in drinking fountains in Bangor Schools.

USA Today has released an investigation about high lead levels found in schools and day cares across the country. According to the report, Maine had the most instances of high lead levels compared to any other state.

AUGUSTA, Maine — According to the Maine Center for Disease Control, over the past decade more than 1,300 Maine children had high levels of lead in their blood. Last year, the Legislature responded by tightening the state standard for elevated lead levels. But seven months have passed, and supporters of the new standard say the state has yet to implement it.

Some point to the childhood lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan, as a warning that Maine should move swiftly to protect children.

The city of Lewiston, along with medical and community organizations, will use federal grants totaling more than $3 million to comprehensively tackle a serious lead problem in the area.