"U.S. Agency To Help Clean Up Lead From Joplin Tornado"

"The Environmental Projection Agency on Friday said it is giving $500,000 to the city of Joplin, Missouri to clean up property contaminated by lead in a devastating May 22 tornado."

"The EF-5 tornado ripped through buildings containing lead and stirred up soil atop old lead mines, causing some 1,500 residential properties to become contaminated, city officials said in October. The mayor and city manager asked the EPA for help."

Kevin Murphy reports for Reuters December 19, 2011.

Source: Reuters, 12/20/2011