Getting the lead out? - 07-16


The Clinton County Board of Supervisors is considering applying for a lead-based paint grant offered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Kim Glaser, of the East Central Iowa Governmental Association, said any home built before 1978 and especially homes built before 1940 have a high propensity to have lead-based paint because it was durable and long-lasting. Lead-based paint was outlawed in the late 1970s when research linked lead additives to lead poisoning, primarily in young children who come into contact with paint chips. The older the housing stock, the morel likely there is lead paint somewhere in the home.