Wolf unveils plan to answer pleas for help in cleaning up lead, asbestos

Tony Romeo
January 29, 2020 - 4:50 pm
Governor Tom Wolf speaks during a press conference, during which Governor Wolf proposed 2020-21 budget items totaling more than $1.1 billion to support reducing the risks to Pennsylvanians of lead and asbestos.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Ahead of his budget address next week, Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing a $1 billion-plus initiative to fund mitigation of asbestos and lead in Pennsylvania schools and other buildings.

At the heart of Wolf’s five-point plan is a proposal to expand the cap and eligibility for the state’s grant program for economic, cultural, and civic improvement projects known as the Regional Assistance Capital Program.

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"To make lead and asbestos remediation projects eligible for grants, and to include schools as eligible for these funds. Making these changes would open up $1 billion in funds for lead and asbestos remediation," he said.

Mayor Kenney praises the proposal, saying it would go a long way toward ensuring schools are free of harmful toxins. When asked for comment, a spokesman for the state House Republican majority leader said only that the budget season is just beginning. 

The spokeswoman for Senate majority Republicans says that they look forward to examining the full proposal as part of the budget process.