H.R.4416: Lead-Free Future Act of 2019
The Lead-Free Future Act (H.R. 4416) would allocate funds from Department of Housing and Urban Development to eliminate major sources of lead exposure over the next five years. Specifically, the bill would:
1) Invest $12 billion in lead clean-up grants to target lead hazards in housing, drinking water, and soil in pre-1978 residential properties. These grants would be available state and local governments, as well as nonprofit community-based human service organizations;
2) Invest $500 million in the (Center for Disease Control’s) CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, which monitors the blood lead level of at-risk infants, children, and pregnant women;
3) Mandate that states and localities move to the CDC–recommended blood lead reference level of 5mg/dL or less when monitoring lead levels in their jurisdiction; and
4) Require that lead-based paint and lead hazards in drinking water and soil are assessed before sale, transfer, or occupancy of federally-assisted properties.