Task force named to study Lancaster’s lead hazard

By: Time Stuhldreher, Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

Published: May 12, 2017

Lead paint was used on most homes and buildings until 1978, when it was outlawed. Exposure to lead is common in older homes in which lead paint has been used on doors and windows, even if they are painted over.

A task force will study Lancaster’s lead contamination problem and how best to tackle it, Mayor Rick Gray said at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

City Councilman Pete Soto will chair the seven-member task force. With assistance from city staff, it will assess Lancaster’s lead problem, look at other cities’ approaches and make recommendations.

The city expects to receive its findings in time to craft an ordinance for council to consider in August, Gray said.

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