Ohio is receiving more than $14 million in federal dollars to get the lead out. Ted Wymyslo of the Ohio Department of Health says federal money is being used by local community groups throughout the state to remove lead based paint from homes of low income Ohioans. And he says more than $2 million of that $14 million has been awarded to the Ohio Department of Health so it can work with local agencies to remove lead from homes in 36 of Ohio’s poorest rural counties.
Wymyslo says this is especially important in rural areas of Appalachia where poverty is high and older homes are more prevalent. Ohio’s lead poisoning prevention program is credited with causing a 73% decline in childhood lead poisoning cases from 1999 to 2009.