Blood tests find lead in few Spokane children - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Blood tests find lead in few Spokane children

SPOKANE, Wash. - Testing for lead in 500 children in Spokane found that six had the material in their blood and two exceeded federal health standards.

The Spokesman-Review reports that's consistent with previous tests in Washington that found fewer than 1 percent of children have lead levels above the federal standards for concern.

The testing was conducted by the Lands Council in Spokane under a two-year program funded by the Environmental Protection Agency. Children were tested at community centers, churches and Head Star programs.

Lead is toxic and can cause brain damage. Possible sources are old paint, lead in toys, and environmental pollution, including Spokane River sediments.

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