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HUD pledges $39 million to clean up urban lead paint

By Tim Wright | September 20, 2006

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has pledged $39 million in funding to clean up areas with older rental housing and lead paint hazards.

HUD will promote the grant opportunity to mayors and county officials of every eligible jurisdiction across the country, the agency said.

“This funding will find its way into communities with the greatest risks to our children,” said HUD secretary Alphonso Jackson. “This is an entirely preventable disease and through grant programs like this, we hope to protect future generations of children from the tragedy of lead poisoning.”

Lead paint litigation continues against U.S. paint companies in several states.

Attorneys for Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries and Millennium Holdings have asked a Rhode Island judge to dismiss the state’s lawsuit against them or order a new trial, saying the state failed to provide enough evidence to support a verdict against the companies. In February, a Rhode Island jury found the companies liable for creating a public nuisance by manufacturing lead paint.

In Mississippi, the state’s supreme court agreed to hear a lead paint liability appeal by Shermeker Pollard, a mother who claims Sherwin-Williams was responsible for lead paint that made her son sick. A state court of appeals sided with Sherwin in 2005.

-Home Channel News

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