In 1978 the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the residential use of lead-based paint. However, here we are in 2013 and Lead paint can still be a problem. Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services says that they have a way to help you test your home to see if there are safety concerns.
Mark Dahlquist, Executive Director of PNHS said that, “We’re just trying to put the word out there that we have this equipment in hand and we have all the proper certifications from the EPA.
Dahlquist and PNHS received a $22,375 grant for the device back in late May of this year but haven’t had great success using the device to help individuals not associated with PNHS.
“That casual user, that’s maybe not taking advantage of the PNHS rehab loan for example that’s the segment of the population where it’s been pretty slow, “Dahlquist said.
The aim of PNHS moving forward is to help East Idaho residents realize that they have an option for Lead Paint testing right here in Pocatello.
“We are the only ones certified in all of Eastern Idaho; and that’s even from the magic valley all the way to the east. I think we’re lucky in eastern Idaho that there’s an entity out there that anyone can come to us, for a reasonable fee, to have these testings done,” Dahlquist explained.