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Making Burlington lead free

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The dangers of lead paint have been known for years, but officials say the chemical still poses a threat in more than 10,000 Burlington homes.

Mayor Miro Weinberger held a press conference Tuesday to highlight the city's lead abatement program.

Since 2003, the city has helped property owners and tenants retro-fit 300 homes.

A new grant should cover the costs of cleaning up about 100 Burlington homes with lead paint over the next two years.

"It really is a cumulative thing, if we succeed every year in taking care of 50 or 100 homes over the next two years, we can really make a significant difference," said Brian Pine with the Burlington Lead Program.

City officials say those who make 80% or less of median income qualify for the program.

That's 60,000 dollars a year for a family of four.

Lead paint is common in houses built prior to 1978.

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