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Norton Lashes Out Against CDC

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By Sara Sciammacco

A frustrated D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton lashed out at a Centers of Disease Control and Prevention official in the latest rehash of the implications of the 2004 lead-in-drinking-water debacle.

The hearing re-emphasized that the district’s water is safe from lead. But an angry Norton grilled Ileana Arias of the CDC on why no universal screening mandate for potentially exposed children is in place.

"We don’t have the authority to do that," Arias responds.

"Does the CDC make recommendations to public health authorities as to what should be done?" Norton asks.

"Yes we do and we do recommend universal testing for children up to the age of 2," says Arias.

Arias testified the agency is in the process of developing new recommendations to protect everyone from future lead exposure.

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