JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Joplin is getting $500,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to deal with lead-contaminated soil stirred up by the May 22 tornado

The EPA’s regional office said Friday the Superfund money will go toward sampling soil and cleaning up properties where the tainted soil was exposed during and after the tornado. 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, which killed 161 people.

A 2006 Jasper County health ordinance requires properties to undergo lead sampling before redevelopment because of the area’s long mining history.

The money is expected to go toward hiring a full-time city inspector/remediation coordinator and a part-time environmental specialist, as well as supplies and other items.

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