Joplin residents look through the remains of their house on May 24,two days after an EF-5 tornado devastated the city. The EPA will provide $500,000 to test and clean up lead-contaminated soil in residential areas exposed by the tornado and recovery.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency will provide the city of Joplin, Mo. with $500,000 to help test and clean up lead-contaminated soils that were exposed by the May 22 tornado that devastated the city.
The money from the Superfund program will allow the city to hire one full-time and one part-time person to coordinate a soil testing and remediation plan. The funds will also pay for a vehicle, equipment, supplies and travel expenses.
Missouri's housing agency has rejected a proposal to bypass new federal wage standards for tornado recovery projects.
A Missouri Housing Development Commission recovery plan requires workers on state-subsidized projects to be paid the prevailing federal wage used on federally funded public works projects. Those wages rose substantially in September.
An American flag blows in the wind, attached to a downed limb, near a home that has been destroyed in Joplin, Missouri on May 23, 2011. A massive tornado hit the small southwestern Missouri town on May 22, 2011.
Patrick Foreman comforts his wife in what was the second floor of their home. in Joplin, Missouri on May 24, 2011. The tornado hit Joplin on May 22 and is the deadliest single U.S. tornado in about 60 years.
Insurers have spent more than $1 billion in Joplin tornado claims
After spending about $1.13 billion in claims tied to the Joplin tornado, insurers expect payouts to continue to grow.
The head of the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration says total insured losses could be $1.8 billion to $1.9 billion. John Huff called the tornado the "largest insurance event in Missouri history."
Tree limbs are piled up near Saint John's Hospital in Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011. Officials say a deadly tornado cut a path a mile wide by four miles, destroying over 2000 homes and businesses. 116 people have died so far.
Joplin to mark 6 month anniversary of devastating tornado
The city of Joplin is marking the six-month anniversary of the May 22 tornado with a community memorial service Tuesday. The service begins at 4:30 p.m. at Cunningham Park. The park is located next to St. John's Regional Medical Center, the damaged hospital that for many became a physical symbol of the tornado that killed 161 people.