Alameda County Receives Lead Training Grant
Alameda County’s Healthy Homes Department will receive a $25,000 federal grant to help combat lead exposure and poisoning.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the distribution of the grant on Thursday. ACHHD will use the funds to train 120 code enforcement officers on lead safety, including how to spot hazards, how to respond to hazardous renovation complaints, and how to improve overall compliance with lead regulations.
California’s East Bay remains a hotbed for lead exposure and poisoning. In 2012, children in eight Alameda County zip codes tested positive for high levels of exposure, which can lead to physical problems as well as severe developmental delays, hearing loss, learning disabilities, and low IQ.