Salt Lake County Receives Millions to Protect from Lead Poisoning
Salt Lake City—Mayor Jenny Wilson is pleased to announce Salt Lake County is the recipient of a $5.1 million grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding goes toward the county’s continued efforts to protect children and families from lead-based paint, radon, and other home health hazards. Salt Lake County’s Lead Safe program began in 2002 and has helped remediate the homes of 1,400 moderate to low-income families.
This grant is a $2 million increase over the county’s current federal funding level for this initiative. Salt Lake County will use this money to complete work on 260 housing units and make them lead safe for about 400 children. Based on EPA data, about 1/3 of those units will also have radon gas hazards, which if not mitigated, could cause lung cancer.
“I am proud of the work we do in Salt Lake County to create a healthier environment for our at-risk citizens. Lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust are the main sources of exposure for lead in children in this country,” said Mayor Jenny Wilson. “Lead poisoning is entirely preventable, and we will continue to address this risk, to keep kids and their parents from suffering from lead-related illness, irreparable brain damage, and having to pay expensive medical bills.”