Legislation appropriates up to $20 million from the Clean Energy Fund to remediate lead contamination in public buildings
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) to fund the remediation of lead contamination in public buildings was advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
Legislation sponsored by Sen. Bateman to appropriate $20 million for lead remediation passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. (Pixabay)
“Continued exposure to lead-tainted water can lead to damage in the nervous system, brain and kidneys, particularly in young children,” Senator Bateman said. “We have a responsibility to keep people safe, especially students in our schools. We can find a solution to this pressing health issue through an already existing fund that’s underutilized.”
The legislation, S-2062, appropriates up to $20 million from the Clean Energy Fund to the Department of Environmental Protection to pay the costs of remediation of elevated lead levels found in drinking water in public buildings. The fund is paid for through a “societal benefits charge” collected by New Jersey utility companies that is used to cover the costs of things like nuclear decommissioning, investment in renewable energy, helping low-income individuals pay their utility bills and environmental remediation.
The Clean Energy Fund is projected to have a surplus of more than $156 million this year, making it a simple way to fund lead abatement without a further increase in taxes on New Jersey residents.
“As a new school year begins, we owe it to the health and safety of our children to find a swift and effective solution to lead contamination,” Senator Bateman said. “I will continue to work with my colleagues in the legislature to reach this goal.”
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