A new package of 23 bills introduced in City Council aims to protect children from lead poisoning in a variety of ways, from deeper investigation after high blood levels are identified to increased testing at city facilities. The package has been described as “the largest overhaul of city laws on childhood lead exposure in 14 years.”
If passed, the bill would instruct the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to test lead levels in city-owned and operated parks, including water fountains and playground soil. If lead levels are unacceptably high, the Department will be required to remediate those levels immediately.
Currently, the city does not test for lead in parks or the thousands of water fountains in them.