Iowa Lead Poisoning

September 29, 2003
"Waterloo Receives Federal Grant to Fight Lead Poisoning"

WATERLOO-The Community Development Office has received a $2.1 million federal grant that will allow the city to remove lead-based paint from housing. The money, which comes from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s lead hazard control grant program, will assist 120 eligible low-income homeowners in rehabilitating their homes. The Black Hawk County Health Department will provide risk assessment and paint inspection services to assess homes for lead paint problems.

The rate of lead poisoning in children ages 6 and younger in Iowa is more than double the national rate. 10.3 percent of the more than 7,000 Iowa children tested for lead poisoning had positive results, while the national rate is around 4 percent. The higher rate of childhood lead poisoning in Iowa is due largely to the state’s older housing, much of which was built prior to a 1979 ban on lead-based paint. Children under the age of 6 are especially vulnerable, as they are likely to put lead paint chips into their mouths, or to come in contact with lead dust.

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY LEAD POISONING, CONTACT AN IOWA LEAD POISONING LAWYER!

 

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