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As the California state agency in charge of cleaning up lead and arsenic contaminated areas in southeast Los Angeles faces complaints of slow progress from neighbors living in toxic homes, state lawmakers continue seeking a compliance audit and reforms of the agency.
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How an agency charged with protecting public health gave talking points to the lead-battery industry.
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Health officials took eight days to send letters to parents of children possibly contaminated by lead. And not everyone received a letter.
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Santa Clara County has not revealed how many of the children who attended a now-shuttered gymnastics facility have been tested for lead.
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A Philadelphia classroom is filled with dangerous levels of lead and asbestos while the unresponsive school district is missing in action.
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Many Philadelphia schools are incubators for illness, with environmental hazards that endanger students and hinder learning.
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Are California regulators in denial about the dangers of lead? The state's response to previous lead-poisoning crises raise plenty of doubts.

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