Isaacson to introduce legislation to regulate lead in playground areas

HARRISBURG, Oct. 30 – In the wake of published reports spotlighting the high levels of lead on playground equipment and in soil, state Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., is introducing legislation that would help reduce those toxic levels.

The legislation would lower the acceptable limit of lead in playground soil in Pennsylvania to 200 parts per million. Currently, the limit is 400 parts per million as set in federal regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency.

“Philadelphia has a serious lead issue and as a result, our children are facing serious health risks. Lead has no place where we live, where our kids go to schools and especially where they play,” Isaacson said. “My legislation is just one way to help lower the health hazards of lead while helping families keep their children safe and healthy.”

In September, Philadelphia’s Parks and Recreation Department reportedly closed the Monkiewitz Playground along with Hieztman and Samuels recreation centers due to elevated levels of lead found in the soil. The department had also reportedly shut down the athletic field at Chew Playground for similar reasons in June.

Isaacson noted she has also introduced legislation (H.B. 79) that would require all children in Pennsylvania to be tested for lead at ages one and two.