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Lead: Crisis Abandoned


Akbar Tyler, a worker with Environmental Health Watch, attempts to cover a floor with flaking lead paint, during a home visit. (Photo by Sarah Jane Tribble/WCPN)

Lead poisoning is an old problem afflicting Rust Belt cities. But in Cuyahoga County, there’s a new and troublesome twist: Federal money to remove lead risks from houses runs out on May 31, 2015.

For decades, Cuyahoga County has successfully been awarded federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, for remediation of old and dilapidated homes. But in the last round, Cuyahoga was not awarded a grant for the first time in the federal program’s history. The city of Cleveland hasn’t had a grant since 2008.

ideastream examines this issue and talks with local families impacted by lead poisoning in our Be Well series on Lead: Crisis Abandoned.

View the WVIZ/PBS for a Be Well half-hour TV special on Lead: Crisis Abandoned. Or listen to the WCPN/ideastream half-hour radio podcast here.

To see the full Summer 2015 series and ongoing coverage, visit the web page for Lead: Crisis Abandoned.

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