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EPA to Slash Programs Aimed at Preventing Lead Poisoning

HeadlineApr 07, 2017
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In environmental news, the EPA plans to slash funding to programs aimed at protecting children and pregnant women from exposure to lead—a neurotoxin known to cause brain damage. The Washington Post reports the move would eliminate 70 EPA jobs while cutting nearly $17 million from the programs, which provide public education about the dangers of lead, as well as training to lead remediation workers. An estimated 38 million U.S. homes contain lead-based paint, with lead poisoning hitting communities of color the hardest.

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