A Pennsylvania state legislator said Friday he would introduce a package of bills to increase lead testing in the commonwealth.
The first bill would require children under 6 to be tested for elevated blood levels of the toxic metal, said State Rep. Angel Cruz (D., Phila.). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children be tested at ages 1 and 2, and again before age 6.
A second bill would amend the state's Safe Drinking Water Act to require more frequent testing for lead in water.
A third would require lead inspections of residential properties built before 1978 before they could be rented to a new tenant.
"It's a tragedy that the events in Flint had to remind us of the dangers of lead poisoning," Cruz said, "but the danger is real and the danger is high."