Christie commits $10 million to New Jersey lead-remediation effort

At the Statehouse Tuesday

At the Statehouse Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie is increasing state funding for removal of lead-based paint from older homes in New Jersey.

Christie said Tuesday the state has already invested $10 million this year in inspecting older homes for lead hazards as well as testing and screening.

The extra $10 million will help support a lead-remediation program for low and moderate-income households in New Jersey.

“The estimate costs will average about $20,000 a unit in repair and related costs for eligible households to fund the remediation plan,” said the governor. “DCA will then collect data from homeowners to determine best practices for potential program expansion and refinement in the FY2017 budget.”

Christie cautioned lawmakers to be careful about moving ahead with a proposal requiring all schools in the state to test their drinking water for lead contamination.

“It would have to be paid for by the state or we’d run into state mandate-state pay constitutional problems,” he said . “So I can tell you this much, If we’re going to do testing in four thousand schools, the amount of money they’ve appropriated isn’t anywhere near close.”

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