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January 29, 2020 - Harrisburg, PA

Gov. Wolf Announces Billion-Dollar Plan to Fix Toxic Schools, Address Lead Across Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf presented a series of proposed 2020-21 budget items totaling more than $1.1 billion to support reducing the risks to Pennsylvanians of lead and asbestos, and remediating existing toxins in schools, day care centers, homes, and public water systems.

"Decades ago, well-intentioned Pennsylvanians constructed our homes, schools, waterways and other structures out of asbestos and lead because they were thought to be harmless, even superior materials," Gov. Wolf said. "Now we know the serious harm both can cause. To build a better Pennsylvania, we first need to fix our foundation, which is why the five lead and asbestos removal initiatives I'm outlining today are so important."



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17753_GOV_Lead_Contaminants_NK_001.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>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, inside the Governor's Reception Room at the State Capitol building in Harrisburg on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17753_GOV_Lead_Contaminants_NK_002.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>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, inside the Governor's Reception Room at the State Capitol building in Harrisburg on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17753_GOV_Lead_Contaminants_NK_003.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Rep. Jason Dawkins 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, inside the Governor's Reception Room at the State Capitol building in Harrisburg on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17753_GOV_Lead_Contaminants_NK_004.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>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, inside the Governor's Reception Room at the State Capitol building in Harrisburg on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17753_GOV_Lead_Contaminants_NK_005.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>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, inside the Governor's Reception Room at the State Capitol building in Harrisburg on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17753_GOV_Lead_Contaminants_NK_006.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf shakes hands with Melissa McTiernan, superintendent of the Scranton School District, inside the Governor's Reception Room at the State Capitol building in Harrisburg on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17753_GOV_Lead_Contaminants_NK_007.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Sen. Vincent Hughes 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, inside the Governor's Reception Room at the State Capitol building in Harrisburg on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17753_GOV_Lead_Contaminants_NK_008.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>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, inside the Governor's Reception Room at the State Capitol building in Harrisburg on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17753_GOV_Lead_Contaminants_NK_009.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>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, inside the Governor's Reception Room at the State Capitol building in Harrisburg on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17753_GOV_Lead_Contaminants_NK_010.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>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, inside the Governor's Reception Room at the State Capitol building in Harrisburg on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17753_GOV_Lead_Contaminants_NK_011.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>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, inside the Governor's Reception Room at the State Capitol building in Harrisburg on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17753_GOV_Lead_Contaminants_NK_012.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Rep. Jason Dawkins 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, inside the Governor's Reception Room at the State Capitol building in Harrisburg on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17753_GOV_Lead_Contaminants_NK_013.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Sen. Vincent Hughes 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, inside the Governor's Reception Room at the State Capitol building in Harrisburg on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17753_GOV_Lead_Contaminants_NK_014.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>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, inside the Governor's Reception Room at the State Capitol building in Harrisburg on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.