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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 28, 2019 09:03 AM
From: Senator Vincent J. Hughes
To: All Senate members
Subject: Creation of Lead SuperFund
In the near future I plan to reintroduce Senate Bill 405 that creates a Lead SuperFund in this Commonwealth.

Beginning with the contaminated water supply in Flint, Michigan numerous news stories over the past few years have brought the conversation about lead contamination to the national forefront. We believe we must be proactive in analyzing Pennsylvania’s lead situation to protect our residents against the possibility of a Flint-like incident occurring here.

A 2014 Department of Health study found that children in more than eighteen communities throughout the Commonwealth have tested positive for lead at levels higher than those in Flint. Some of the communities in that report are: Allentown, Altoona, Bethlehem, Erie, Johnstown, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Reading, and Scranton.

While the tragedy in Flint focuses on the water supply, the dangers of lead in Pennsylvania also extend to our schools, day cares, and housing stock through lead-based paint. It is time we take action to analyze the Commonwealth’s potential lead issues and ensure that our children and our communities are safe.

The SuperFund may be utilized by entities, such as schools and day cares, to defray costs associated with remediating lead. Some of those remediation projects may include: replacing lead or copper lead-soldered pipes, removing lead paint, or removing soil with elevated lead levels.

Please join me in cosponsoring this bill.

If you have any questions, please contact my Chief Counsel, Michael Deery, at Michael.Deery@pasenate.com or 717-787-7112.

Introduced as SB221