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HUD secretary praises lead removal efforts in Lewiston

March 23, 2019

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — U.S. Housing and Urban Development Director Ben Carson is hailing efforts to remove lead from homes in Maine’s second-largest city.

Carson said during a visit to Lewiston with U.S. Sen. Susan Collins on Friday that the agency’s lead paint program has been a priority, with a sharp increase to $240 million this year. Next year, President Donald Trump proposed hiking it by another $50 million nationwide.

The Sun Journal reports that Christina Edwards, who hosted the pair in her home, said the lead abatement program removed peeling paint from a porch that was previously off limits to her 5-year-old daughter.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden, a Lewiston Democrat, said lead abatement spending needs to be further boosted. He proposes spending $2.5 billion a year for five years.

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Information from: Sun-Journal, http://www.sunjournal.com

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