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Weil and DC Appleseed Secure Funding for Creation of Child Lead Screening Registry

Weil represented long-term pro bono client DC Appleseed in developing a solution to address substandard compliance with a Washington, D.C. law that requires all children residing in D.C. to be tested for elevated blood levels of lead twice before the age of 2.

Weil, along with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, researched best practices in other jurisdictions and engaged local stakeholders, such as pediatricians and D.C. health regulatory agencies. This work culminated in a recommendation to the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment that the District of Columbia create a lead screening registry integrated with its existing childhood vaccination registry. 

In addition, the team offered testimony on behalf of DC Appleseed before the D.C. Council, advocating for $750,000 to design and implement the screening registry, which the council included in its fiscal year 2019 budget.

This matter was a continuation of the D.C. office’s work on District of Columbia water lead contamination issues, which date back to 2003, when lead levels in local drinking water spiked to well above federal drinking water standards.

Partner Annemargaret Connolly and counsel Matthew Morton worked on the matter for Weil.