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State to expand testing for household lead

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The dangers of lead have been on many people's minds for a number of years now. And now some residents are being given opportunities to have their homes checked for the poison.

Nearly seven million dollars was awarded to communities across the state. The funding is being used to check for lead in eligible households.

Sonja Bush is the environmental project manager for the Human Development Commission, which covers Huron, Sanilac, Tuscola, and Lapeer counties.

“So we send a state lead inspector in there and he does an investigation to find out what areas of the home may potentially have lead paint, and if there is lead paint, if it’s a hazard; and we can go through and figure out what sort of repairs we need to do in order to remove the lead hazards from the home.”

Bush said this is the second year for the program. She said it’s a pilot program exclusive to Michigan, and the hope is that it’s successful and other states follow suit.