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Article 7. Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act   

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The Legislature hereby finds and declares that childhood lead exposure represents the most significant childhood environmental health problem in the state today; that too little is known about the prevalence, long-term health care costs, severity, and location of these problems in California; that it is well known that the environment is widely contaminated with lead; that excessive lead exposure causes acute and chronic damage to a child's renal system, red blood cells, and developing brain and nervous system; that at least one in every 25 children in the nation has an elevated blood lead level; and that the cost to society of neglecting this problem may be enormous.

(c) The department shall conduct a study to evaluate whether abatement of lead in soil is effective at reducing blood lead levels in children.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 8.)