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Tougher N.J. law targets kids’ lead paint threat

SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM – More landlords and other homeowners likely will be forced to remove lead paint from their properties under a law signed by Governor Christie on Monday designed to limit children’s exposure to the toxic metal.

The law requires local health boards to determine lead contamination in a home occupied by a child whose blood tests show at least 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter — a standard recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New Jersey’s threshold had been 10 micrograms per deciliter …

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