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EPA Lead Program
Grant Fact Sheet
Lead-Free Kids in Klamath County
Klamath Falls, Oregon
EPA has selected Klamath County in Oregon
for a Targeted Lead Grant.
Klamath County plans to use $50,000 in EPA
grant money to reduce childhood lead
poisoning in the rural area of Klamath Falls,
Oregon. Lead poisoning was confirmed as
under-reported in Klamath County by the
Oregon State Lead Program, due to insufficient
screening of at-risk populations. The project
	Identify all at-risk one year old infants
and siblings in Klamath County. Give
these children the opportunity to have a
blood lead level screening test at no cost
to the family,
	Inform all health care providers in
Klamath County of the Lead-Free Kids
	Provide education, follow-up and
evaluation to health care providers,
nursing and health care students, the
public, and infants' mothers related to
the blood lead level results,
	Provide the public with information on the continuance and progress of the project,
	Collect data and evaluate findings,
	Develop partnerships and leverage resources,
	Maintain community involvement in the project, and
	Plan for long term sustainability and project replication.
EPA's Targeted Lead Grants
EPA's Targeted Lead Grant Program funds
projects in areas with high incidences of
children with elevated blood-lead levels in
vulnerable populations. In 2007 the Agency
awarded more than $5.2 Million in grants
under this ambitious program. These
targeted grants are intended to address
immediate needs of the communities in
which they are awarded, and will also
highlight lead poison prevention strategies
that can be used in similar communities
across the country.
EPA's lead program is playing a major role
in meeting the federal goal of eliminating
childhood lead poisoning as a major public
health concern by 2010, and the projects
supported by these grant funds are an
important part of this ongoing effort.
According to the Centers for Disease
Control in 1978 there were 13.5 million
children in the US with elevated blood lead
levels. By 2002, that number had dropped
to 310,000.
For more information about EPA's Lead
Program, visit www.epa.gov/lead or call
the National Lead Information Center at
2007 Targeted Lead Grant Program
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics