Governor Wolf Praises Senate Action to Form Bipartisan Lead Task Force
June 13, 2017
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today praised the formation of a bipartisan task force to investigate the scope of Pennsylvania’s lead exposure problem. Senator John Yudichak (Luzerne/Carbon) led the charge for the Senate to pass a resolution to form the task force. The task force includes administration representatives, including the Secretaries of Health, Environmental Protection, and Labor and Industry, and the Physician General (or their designees).
“We know that a number of areas of the commonwealth are dealing with various issues related to lead and this demands comprehensive investigation and action,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “My administration looks forward to participating and assisting in this effort. We’ve learned on issues like pensions, fair school funding, and the opioid epidemic that these statewide issues demand people coming together and hashing out a path forward. I thank the Senate, particularly Sen. Yudichak, for leading on this vital issue. I look forward to participating in the task force’s work and recommendations as we work to address lead issues facing many communities.”
The resolution calls for the Senate to establish a task force on lead exposure comprised of the chairs of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee and two members appointed by the Senate President pro tempore and the Minority Leader. An advisory committee of the Joint State Government Commission will conduct a comprehensive review of Pennsylvania law and public policy related to lead exposure and abatement practices and then submit a report to the task force and full Senate within 18-months. The report must assess the age of housing and infrastructure, lead exposure threats, and identify the prevalence of lead in structures where children spend significant time.