Cruz thanks Gov. Wolf for investment in lead abatement, but says more is needed to protect Pennsylvanians from the dangers of lead

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for his plan to allocate money in the budget for lead abatement work in schools across the commonwealth, but said more must be done to truly protect Pennsylvanians from the dangers of lead.

“I am grateful that Governor Wolf is making lead abatement in our schools a priority,” Cruz said. “But the fact remains that lead poses a risk to people outside of school buildings. Lead endangers many people in their own homes, as infrastructure in places like Philadelphia County, where more than 70% of the housing stock was built before 1960, likely contains lead paint, and lead levels in some municipal drinking water poses a risk to the public.

“It’s for these reasons that I’ve advocated strongly for a package of legislation, including House Bills 211, 212, 215 and 213, that would, respectively, provide for lead testing in children, lead testing of water, lead testing in children’s institutions and care centers, and would require that rental properties built before 1978 be subject to the same requirements that federal law has laid out for the sale of residential homes,” Cruz said. “Again, I am very grateful that Governor Wolf has laid out his plan to help make schools safer for children in Pennsylvania. But this budget announcement must be followed by action by my colleagues in the House and Senate to pass this package of legislation that would help to ensure that lead is less of a risk to all Pennsylvanians.”