This bill would set the unacceptable blood lead level at 5 micrograms per deciliter from 20 micrograms per deciliter. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would spread this information to the general public and create new regulations to enforce the new standards.
It would also require the HUD to perform tests for unacceptable lead levels on housing receiving federal assistance before families with children under age six move in. These checks would only be done on housing if the family is receiving federal assistance in some form (aside from mortgage insurance) and if the house was constructed before 1978. The checks can’t be only visual, and must include some kind of objective test for lead paint.
Additionally, the bill would ensure that if regulators find unacceptable amounts of levels in a house receiving federal assistance that already has a family living in it, HUD will relocate the family to a house without lead paint. This relocation would be immediate, without a wait list or other delays.