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April 30, 2008

Executive Order Concerning Lead Paint Abatement – Local Implications



Dear Mayor:

Yesterday, Governor Corzine signed Executive Order 100 (Press Release and Order available at:

This Order, effective immediately, was issued in response to a field investigation conducted by the Public Advocate’s staff, which found lead dust levels exceeding the federal standard in 85 of 104, or 82 percent of, homes tested in five of the New Jersey cities with the highest concentration of lead-poisoned children: Trenton, Camden, Newark, East Orange and Irvington. Together, these five cities accounted for 31 percent of all reported lead poisonings in New Jersey in FY 2005. Approximately two million houses in New Jersey were constructed prior to the prohibition of the sale of lead paint, and many children are therefore potentially exposed to dangerous levels of environmental lead.

The Order requires certain actions to be undertaken by the Departments of Health and Senior Services, of Education and of Community Affairs, which can include coordination and consultation with local health departments.

We wanted to make you aware of this important action, so that you can assess its potential impact of your municipality.


                                                                        Very truly yours,


                                                                        William G. Dressel, Jr.
                                                                        Executive Director





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