The South Bend Tribune reported, “Only a small fraction of Indiana’s children in low-income families are tested for lead poisoning, but a proposed state bill aims to change that.
“Senate Bill 491 — co-authored by Sen. Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, and Sen. David Niezgodski, D-South Bend — calls for doubling the number of Medicaid-eligible children tested statewide for the toxic metal. Lead can cause permanent damage to kids’ developing brains and organs.
“The bill comes as communities across the state, including South Bend, Fort Wayne, Gary and East Chicago, are battling the stubborn problem with lead-poisoned children that has garnered national attention.>
The federal government banned the sale of lead-based paint in 1978.
“Many painters loved lead-based paint,” says Welmoed Sisson, a Maryland-based home inspector with Inspections by Bob. It tends to be glossier, more lustrous, and it holds color better. “Once they learned the ban was going into effect, many of them stocked up on a cache of lead-based paint.”
And since the government made it illegal only to manufacture and buy the paint, using what you already had was a gray area that lasted for years. “I’ve talked to inspectors who’ve found lead-based paint in homes built in the ’90s,” says Sisson.
Bottom line: This is not something you want hanging around a home once you move in. Thankfully, there are ways to check for toxic health threats like lead paint contamination in the house and get rid of it.
Federal law requires that before signing a contract to buy a house built before 1978, buyers must receive information about Lead Paint Contamination in the house from the home seller:
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