Protecting Pennsylvania Communities from the Hazards of Lead

Eighteen Pennsylvania cities tested higher than Flint, MI for elevated blood lead levels and a growing chorus of evidence indicates a possible broader statewide lead problem. Lead is a highly poisonous metal and can affect almost every organ in the body and the nervous system. Clean Water Action is working to protect public health by reducing lead exposure through drinking water and in paint, dust, and soil, and by educating Pennsylvanians on how to identify and reduce lead in their communities.

Garden / photo: flickr.com/mugsy CC

Lead Hazard Awareness Project: Fighting Lead-contaminated Soil and Dust

Philadelphia’s smelters are shut down, and cars no longer run on leaded gasoline. But the lead they released still clings to the soil surface, along with flakes of exterior lead paint. The result: lead is in the dirt that sticks to shoes and hands after work or play in bare soil.

Manchester neighborhood, Pittsburgh photo: flickr.com/jmd41280 (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Request a Free Lead Seminar in Your Neighborhood

Is your family at risk from lead? Fill out the form below to arrange a free presentation for you, your family and your neighbors.

Corroded pipe with lead service fittings. Credit: Mike Thomas / Creative Commons

Become a Green Ambassador

Announcing a leadership training program on the health hazards of lead in Philadelphia and what we can do about it.

Pennsylvania Currents -- Spring-Summer 2018

Pennsylvania Currents -- Spring-Summer 2018

In this issue: Primary Election Brings Victories to Environmental Leaders; SEPTA 100% Clean Energy; Pittsburgh, Philadelphia Taking Steps to End Lead Exposure; Fighting to Protect the Public from the Oil and Gas Industry; Victory for Clean Air!; What Can Our Next Governor do to Protect Our Environment?