All apartments of the Alton Housing Authority will be tested for lead, following passage of agreement by the AHA Board of Directors earlier this week. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, is now requiring all public housing units in the city to be tested for lead paint. Just a handful have been tested in the past, but that was back in 1993.
The board entered into an agreement with Farmers Environmental to conduct the tests. Lead paint was banned from use in paint in the U.S. in 1978, and since then there has been an effort to educate the public about the dangers of lead paint to children exposed to it in older buildings. Lead paint chips ingested by children could lead to nervous system damage and stunted growth and development.