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FYI: Thirty-seven percent of buildings tested in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn contain hazardous amounts of lead and are in violation of federal guidelines, according to the Pratt Area Community Council. PACC tested 59 apartments in 35 buildings in Bed-Stuy. Alarmingly, 89 percent of the hazardous apartments house children under six. The PACC report urges the DOH to lower its poisoning threshold to match current research and to institute preventative policies rather than acting only when complaints are made. Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden will announce the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s child lead poisoning figures for 2002 today. [6/11/03]

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