Gov. Chris Christie held a press conference to discuss lead remediation and containment efforts. He announced $10 million from the 2016 budget will be used to support an improved lead remediation and containment program for low- and moderate-income households in New Jersey.
He said the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will work with nonprofit organizations with experience in lead remediation programs to identify licensed lead evaluation contractors and EPA-certified, lead-safe renovation firms to assess and remediate lead-based paint hazards.
According to Christie, the program will provide up to $20,000 per unit in repair and related costs for eligible households to fund lead remediation and containment, providing additional action to the many anti-lead programs already in place.
Christie said the primary lead concern in New Jersey remains the outdated lead-based paint in old housing, not water sources, and urged members of the Legislature not to overreact to the elevated levels of lead found in Newark Public Schools.