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File #: 18-5462   
Type: Grant Applications and Awards
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 2/14/2019
Posting Language: Ordinance accepting up to $29,000.00 from the Michigan Technological University’s 2017 Lead Technical Studies Grant to assist in a lead remediation study in San Antonio and approving a research agreement. [Peter Zanoni, Deputy City Manager; Verónica R. Soto, Director, Neighborhood and Housing Services]
Attachments: 1. Budget Narrative Revised, 2. Agreement, 3. Draft Ordinance, 4. Ordinance 2019-02-14-0121, 5. Staff Presentation
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DEPARTMENT: Neighborhood and Housing Services

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Ver?nica R. Soto, AICP

COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: Citywide

SUBJECT:

Acceptance of up to $29,000, as a sub grantee, through Michigan Technological University's (MTU) 2017 Lead Technical Studies Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to implement phase III of MTU's research project "A Novel Phytoremediation Method to Cleanup Lead-Based Paint Contaminated Soils: Phase III-Demonstration Study".

SUMMARY:

Consideration of a professional services contract between the City of San Antonio and MTU to implement phase III of MTU's research project "A Novel Phytoremediation Method to Cleanup Lead-Based Paint Contaminated Soils: Phase III-Demonstration Study". This is a two year study which commences upon council approval.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

The City of San Antonio is a current Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration (LHRD) grantee from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. These funds address lead hazards in residential properties in low income communities, with children ages five and under.

The Michigan Technological University (MTU) has been awarded a Lead Technical Studies grant to complete Phase III of their research project to test a removal method for lead-based paint contaminated soils. Phase I was a "proof-of-concept" greenhouse study conducted to see if vetiver grass would be able to tolerate and take up lead from contaminated soils. Soils were collected from various homes in San Antonio and Baltimore to investigate how soil properties from the two cities would impact remediation.

Phase II of the study was conducted in large wooden platforms, which were placed outside, open to the elements. Soil from San Antonio and Baltimore was used again in this study. The study was considered simulated because although the plants were outside, the water that was leaching out was controlled.

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