June 17, 2010 in City, Idaho

Agencies seek more lead testing

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A workshop on how to increase blood-lead testing of children and pregnant women in the Silver Valley is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 29 at Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg.

Participation in voluntary testing programs has dropped off in recent years. A recent study raised concerns about the low testing rates. Children 6 and younger are most at risk from lead exposure, which has been linked to IQ loss and behavioral problems.

Community members are invited to brainstorm ideas. The workshop takes place in the Shoshone Meeting Room at the resort, 602 Bunker Ave. It is sponsored by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Basin Environmental Improvement Project Commission.

For more information, call Denna Grangaard at DEQ, (208) 783-5781.

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