MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board has received a $2.3 million federal grant to protect children's health by removing lead paint from homes.
It's another in a series of similar grants that have totaled $28 million since 1994 and have allowed the removal of lead-based paint from some 2,200 Vermont homes.
Still the problem persists, with Gov. Peter Shumlin on Friday calling lead paint the No. 1 environmental threat to young children. Ingesting lead is known to cause neurological, behavioral and other problems in children.
The new round of money is expected to allow removal of lead paint from 150 homes during the next three years.
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