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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 3, 2017 10:37 AM
From: Senator John T. Yudichak
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution to Create a Task Force on Lead

I will soon reintroduce a resolution to establish a Task Force on Lead charged with studying the scope of lead exposure in Pennsylvania. Please note that this legislation was previously introduced as a joint resolution (SB 16).

This legislation builds upon the ongoing work by our state agencies to address lead contamination, including a 2014 Department of Health study that found that children in more than 18 cities across the state have tested positive for lead at levels higher than those in Flint, Michigan. Some of the areas cited in that report include Allentown, Altoona, Bethlehem, Erie, Johnstown, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Reading and Scranton.

The task force would include members of the Senate and an advisory committee led by the Joint State Government Commission and comprised of agency officials and experienced private individuals. The legislation provides the task force 18 months to study the age of our housing stock, lead pipes, school buildings and child care centers, to review best practices and to make recommendations to remediate and reduce exposure to lead through a report to the Senate.

I appreciate your support for this important measure. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office.

Previous co-sponsors include: Argall, Blake, Brewster, Browne, Costa, Dinniman, Farnese, Fontana, Greenleaf, Haywood, Hughes, Sabatina, Schwank, Tartaglione, and Ward

Introduced as SR33