10 Senators urge HUD to improve oversight of lead poisoning prevention programs


10 U.S. Senators, including Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), urged the Department of Housing and Urban Development to immediately improve its oversight of lead-based paint hazards in federally-assisted housing to ensure that families and children are protected from exposure to lead in a letter dated on November 26th.

The letter comes after a Government Accountability Office report recommending that HUD take immediate action to improve all of its protocols for lead-based paint hazards in federally-assisted housing.

Senator Peters authored a bipartisan amendment with Senator Todd Young (R-IN) that passed the Senate earlier this year requiring the GAO to conduct a study investigating the current efforts of HUD and the Environmental Protection Agency to mitigate exposure to lead.

A 2011 HUD survey found that lead-based paint is in roughly 37 million U.S. homes, of which 93 percent were built before 1978 which is the year using lead-based paint in housing was banned in the United States.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lead-based paint hazards, such as dust containing lead and chips from deteriorated lead-based paint, are the most common source of lead exposure for U.S. children.

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