Issacson to introduce bill establishing a lead paint abatement grant

HARRISBURG, Dec. 20 – Rep.-elect Mary Louise Isaacson, D-Phila., is planning to introduce legislation that would establish a grant program to help Pennsylvania residents offset the costs of lead paint removal.

“Many homes in Pennsylvania were built before the lead paint ban was imposed nationwide,” Issacson said. “Unfortunately, this has forced a lot of Pennsylvanians to pay for expensive lead paint removal or risk exposing their families to toxins. These grants will help ease parents’ worries that their homes are poisoning their children.”

The program would award grants on a competitive basis, with primary consideration given to municipalities that demonstrate a financial need and prioritize assistance to low-income households and households with children under age 6.

In 1978, the federal government banned the use of lead in the production of paint, as it was proved to be a neurotoxin capable of harming adults and children. Young children are especially susceptible to lead exposure, which can cause permanent cognitive and developmental damage.

Pennsylvania ranks third for homes built before 1950, which means many of these older homes may still have dangerous lead paint.