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EPA Awards Grant to Pittsburgh Group for Lead Education

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Jaclyn McIlwain (

PHILADELPHIA (October 30, 2017) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced an Environmental Justice Small Grant award of $30,000 to Women for a Healthy Environment, a community group based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants program provides funding for non-profit and tribal organizations to partner with stakeholders in industry, government, and academia.

Women for a Healthy Environment will use this funding to provide education and outreach about the public health risks associated with lead exposure.  Project partners include the Allegheny County Health Department, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Office of Child Development at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.

Focusing on Pittsburgh residents, the project includes development of a comprehensive educational awareness campaign on the sources of lead, its health impacts, and strategies that can be taken to reduce those risks.  Community training will focus on equipping citizens with tools and resources to engage with decision-makers and advance policies that address lead exposure.  

EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks, and funds projects up to $30,000 a year.

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