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144.9507 Lead-related funding.

Subdivision 1. Lead education strategy contracts. The commissioner shall, within available federal or state appropriations, contract with:

(1) boards of health to provide funds for lead education as provided for in sections 144.9503 and 144.9504; and

(2) swab team workers and community-based advocacy groups to provide funds for lead education for primary prevention of toxic lead exposure in areas at high risk for toxic lead exposure.

Subd. 2. Lead risk assessment contracts. The commissioner shall, within available federal or state appropriations, contract with boards of health to conduct lead risk assessments to determine sources of lead contamination and to issue and enforce lead orders according to section 144.9504.

Subd. 3. Temporary lead-safe housing contracts. The commissioner shall, within the limits of available appropriations, contract with boards of health for temporary housing, to be used in meeting relocation requirements in section 144.9504, and award grants to boards of health for the purposes of paying housing and relocation costs under section 144.9504. The commissioner may use up to 15 percent of the available appropriations to provide temporary lead-safe housing in areas of the state in which the commissioner has the duty under section 144.9504 to perform secondary prevention.

Subd. 4. Grants to nonprofit organizations. (a) The commissioner shall, within the limits of available state or federal appropriations, provide funds for lead cleanup equipment and materials under a grant program to nonprofit community-based organizations in areas at high risk for toxic lead exposure, as provided for in section 144.9503.

(b) Nonprofit community-based organizations in areas at high risk for toxic lead exposure may apply for grants from the commissioner to purchase lead cleanup equipment and materials and to pay for training for staff and volunteers for lead licensure under sections 144.9505 and 144.9506.

(c) For purposes of this section, lead cleanup equipment and materials means high efficiency particle accumulator (HEPA) and wet vacuum cleaners, wash water filters, mops, buckets, hoses, sponges, protective clothing, drop cloths, wet scraping equipment, secure containers, dust and particle containment material, and other cleanup and containment materials to remove loose paint and plaster, patch plaster, control household dust, wax floors, clean carpets and sidewalks, and cover bare soil.

(d) The grantee's staff and volunteers may make lead cleanup equipment and materials available to residents and property owners and instruct them on the proper use of the equipment. Lead cleanup equipment and materials must be made available to low-income households, as defined by federal guidelines, on a priority basis at no fee. Other households may be charged on a sliding fee scale.

(e) The grantee shall not charge a fee for services performed using the equipment or materials.

(f) Any funds appropriated for purposes of this subdivision that are not awarded, due to a lack of acceptable proposals for the full amount appropriated, may be used for any purpose authorized in this section.

Subd. 5. Federal lead-related funds. To the extent practicable under federal guidelines, the commissioner of health shall coordinate with the commissioner of housing finance so that at least 50 percent of federal lead funds are allocated for swab team services.

To the extent practicable under federal guidelines, the commissioner of health may also use federal funding to contract with boards of health for purposes as specified in this section, but only to the extent that the federal funds do not replace existing funding for these lead services.

HIST: 1995 c 213 art 1 s 9; 1998 c 407 art 2 s 71-73