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Lead-based Paint

How many children in the world have been exposed to dangerous levels of lead?

That's a pressing question that has had no definitive answer until now. About 1 in 3 children have been exposed to lead at levels shown to damage their health and cognitive development, according to a groundbreaking report that is the first to document the problem globally.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the city of Columbus more than $5 million to remediate health hazards in older homes and low-income residential units. 

Lead-based paint was extremely popular in the early and mid-20th century — used in an estimated 38 million homes across the U.S. before it was banned for residential use in 1978.

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Governor Mike DeWine says the Ohio Department of Medicaid has received federal approval for it's Children's Health Insurance Program initiative, designed to enhance and expand Medicaid's lead abatement program. 

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March 15 was the deadline for Governor Mike DeWine to release his two-year budget.

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A proposal in the Ohio House version of the two-year state budget bill would give the state power to regulate lead paint violations, limiting local involvement.

Columbus is one of 15 local and state governments who will share in a 46.6 million dollar federal grant to remove lead-based paint and other hazards in 31 hundred low-income homes.

A California judge has ordered Cleveland-based Sherwin Williams and two other paint companies to pay 10 California cities and counties 1.1 billion dollars to remove lead-based paint from millions of older homes.