Lead Education and Assistance

The purpose of the Lead Education and Assistance Program is to help residents of the East Helena Superfund Site prevent health risks associated with exposure to lead.

Our Services

  • Provide blood lead screening for children.
  • Implement and administer institutional controls for long-term reduction of exposure risk.
  • Administer the Regulations Governing Soil Displacement and Disposal within the administrative boundaries of the Superfund Site.
  • Conduct residential environmental assessments, including testing of soil and interior dust.
  • Educate the public about the importance of nutrition, personal hygiene and safe play in reducing lead exposure.
  • Provide information on the status of clean-up and sampling results for properties within the administrative boundary.
  • Provide presentations to schools, day cares, professional organizations, and other groups.

Learn More About Lead

During Construction and Remodeling

Realizing that lead was once a prevalent metal in your environment will help you reduce your exposure and minimize recontamination.

For Gardeners

Gardening in soil that may be contaminated with lead can create special challenges. Make sure the produce you grow is healthy and safe to eat.

When Dealing with Lead-Based Paint

About three-quarters of U.S. housing built before 1978 contain some lead-based paint. Usually it doesn't pose a health threat. But lead-based paint in deteriorating condition can pose serious health hazards.

For Child-Care Providers

A child’s body absorbs lead much more readily than that of an adult. Find out how to protect the children in your care.

Blood Level Reporting Requirements

According to Montana Administrative Rules (ARM 37.114.203), all blood lead levels  > 5 ug/dL (micrograms per deciliter) for children 13 years or younger must be reported to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Soil Displacement & Disposal

Regulations Governing Soil Displacement and Disposal
in the East Helena Superfund Area, 2013

Soil Displacement Permit Application

Please submit permit applications to:

Lead Education Office
P.O. Box 1231
306 East Main, Room 201
East Helena, MT 59635
Fax 406-457-8573

Advisory Meeting Minutes

Minutes for May 2, 2018


Find Us

Drenda Niemann
Health Officer

Jan Williams
Lead Education Office
306 East Main, Room 201
PO Box 1231
East Helena, MT 59635

Clean-up status of properties in East Helena Superfund site


Beginning April 2010, a new federal EPA rule requires that all contractors must be certified in the use of lead-safe practices. 

In addition to individual RRP certification, each firm, agency or non-profit must also become EPA RRP certified.  To do so, firms or entities must submit an application before April 22, 2010, and pay EPA a fee ($300) which is good for 5 years.  To start the process to become an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovation Firm, download the application on the EPA website.

Please contact Jan Williams at the East Helena Lead Education and Assistance Program (457-8583) if you have any additional questions.



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