Before lead paint was banned in 1978, lead paint was a fixture of American households. Yet, a ban on lead paint across the country was prompted by research that showed that children born in the 1970s, who had high levels of lead in their body, did “substantially worse on various kinds of neurological tests, IQ tests, behavioral tests, and also worse in school," according to Columbia University public health professor David Rosner,

However, despite the ban, nearly 70% of homes in Pennsylvania’s current housing stock were built before the ban as WPSU reporter Eleanor Klibanoff notes.

Cases of lead poisoning have declined statewide for many years. But in 2014, there were still more than 13,000 children with elevated blood lead levels, according to the Department of Health. The Department of Health received test results from 14% of children in the state.

Pennsylvania currently puts $2 million a year towards helping with lead hazards and educating the public. The Environmental Protection Agency used to provide funding through Lead Poisoning Prevention grants beginning in 2010, but the Department of Housing and Urban Development did not renew a grant from the state. Furthermore, the state wasn’t able to acquire grant approval from the Center for Disease control.

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