Joplin Gets Another $2.5 million for Lead Removal
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - The city of Joplin has received another $2.5 million in federal funds to continue removing lead-contaminated soil from residential yards.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced the new funding Tuesday. It will help remove soil that was disturbed by the May 2011 tornado and recovery efforts, which exposed lead that had been buried for 75 to 100 years.
The Joplin Globe reports the work stopped in November after earlier federal funds ran out. Before that, the city had cleaned up 208 yards and two city parks.
Leslie Heitkamp, head of the city's soil-removal program, said the new funding could mean that 200 to 250 yards on a waiting list will be repaired this year.
The Joplin City Council voted Tuesday night to accept the EPA funds.