Peoria seeking grants to remove lead hazards

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PEORIA - Peoria health officials say grant money is needed to eliminate lead hazards in more than 200 homes.  According to Greg Chance, administrator of the Peoria City/County Health Department, Peoria County has a high level of lead-poisoned children.

Peoria officials say they'll apply to a new Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program for more federal funding later this week.  The county's three-year federal grant for the Lead Hazard Control Project runs out in September.

Nearly $2.5 million has been used by officials during the current grant period to complete approximately 210 projects on homes, which includes replacing or enclosing lead-based paints in siding, windows, trim, and porches.

Chance says he's hoping the county's good work removing lead hazards earns it more grant money.

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