EPA Announces $58M for Lead Reduction at Schools and Child Care Facilities

On July 24, 2023, at an event in Boston, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “….announced $58 million in grant funding from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to protect children from lead in drinking water at schools and childcare facilities across the country. Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, activities that remove sources of lead in drinking water are now, for the first time, eligible to receive funding through the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN).”

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The announcement received media coverage, examples below:

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At the same event, EPA announced release of an updated: “Voluntary School and Child Care Lead Testing & Reduction Grant Program: Implementation Document for States and Territories.” Copy here (Final_FY23_VoluntarySchoolandChildCareLeadTestingReductionGrantProgram_508 ). The text below is copied from Section 1. Overview of the enclosed Implementation Document.

“This document provides information on how EPA intends to implement and manage the state Voluntary School and Child Care Lead Testing and Reduction Grant Program (the grant program). Designed to support reducing lead exposure to children, who are the most vulnerable population, the objective of the grant program is to support lead testing and reduction activities in drinking water at schools and child care facilities. This document provides eligible recipients an explanation of the implementation process and provides eligible recipients with direction on the process for applying for grant funding, in addition to program requirements and restrictions.”