For more than two centuries, the Mississippi River town of Herculaneum has been tied inseparably to lead. The heavy, dull-gray metal has long been mined in southern Missouri.
A study by the U.S. Geological Survey is raising concerns after toxic levels of lead were found in songbirds in mining areas of Missouri.
Lead paint was banned in the U.S. in 1978, but can be found in some older homes.
The money will help Joplin test and cleanup soil that was contaminated with lead and cadmium during the EF-5 tornado that ripped through it.
The contaminated spices have been traced to an in-state distributor that stopped its sales.
Joplin city officials have estimated there could be up to 1,500 lead-contaminated residential properties in the section of the city affected by the tornado.
Will pay out $25,000 to replace old windows in married student housing units.
Work could take 18 months.