News Story (Connecticut)
New Haven Independent
December 3, 2019
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Tags: Lead Poisoning
Organizations mentioned/involved: New Haven Legal Assistance Association (CT)
Shelley White, the director of litigation for New Haven Legal Assistance Association (NHLAA), also praised the amended version passed by the alders as preserving and clarifying existing protections.
Legal aid has filed a handful of lawsuits against the city over the past two years regarding its lax enforcement of existing lead laws. Its currently prosecuting a class action complaint that hinges on the city’s decision in November 2018 to require full lead hazard inspections only for children who meet the higher state threshold for lead poisoning.
Its lawyers have also been some of the most outspoken critics of the initial versions of the lead ordinance amendments, and actively lobbied alders to oppose granting the Health Department increased discretion.