City of Knoxville receives grant to help eradicate lead paint

City of Knoxville receives grant to help eradicate lead paint

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The City of Knoxville received a $2.5 million grant Tuesday from officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to eradicate lead-based paints and other home health hazards in the Knoxville area.

The city's Community Development Department will use the money to clean up lead paint hazards, train workers in lead-safe work practices and increase public awareness about childhood lead poisoning.

"Even though the use of lead-based paint was banned more than 30 years ago, there are still homes that have significant amounts of this hazardous paint," said Mayor Madeline Rogero. "This grant will help us to make those homes safe and healthy. We are grateful to HUD for this funding."

Lead is a known toxin that can impair a child's development and have long-lasting effects. Lead-contaminated dust is a primary cause of lead exposure and often leads to health problems in younger children, including a reduced IQ, learning disabilities and developmental delays. At higher levels, lead is known to damage a child's kidneys and central nervous system and cause convulsions and even death.

Community Development Director Becky Wade said the department is one of 38 agencies chosen by HUD for the grant.

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