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Conference Tackles Lead Paint Problem

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William Lacy Clay

By M. Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis, Mo. – The problem of lead poisoning among St. Louis children is getting renewed attention from area legislators.

At a conference sponsored by a housing advocacy group Tuesday, US Congressman William Lacy Clay of St. Louis said cleanup funds can work, but only with the proper coordination.

He referred to a pledge earlier this month from US Senator Kit Bond to provide $5 million a year of federal funding for lead paint cleanup.

"Sure, it's OK if somebody gets $5 million a year. I hope $4.9 million goes to actually eradicate that lead. I don't want $4.9 million going to administration," Clay said.

St. Louis has one of the highest lead poisoning rates in the country. About 31- percent of city children have tested positive.

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