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EPA Ordered to Speed Up New Lead Rule

A federal appeals court says the current rules are inadequate to protect children

Posted on Dec 28 2017 by Scott Gibson

A federal appeals court has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to speed up the development of new rules on lead found in paint and dust in light of an "obvious need" to protect the health of children.

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  1. Mike Mozart via Flickr

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Home Depot’s Lead Paint Compliance Under Review

The Environmental Protection Agency launches a civil and criminal probe

Posted on May 2 2017 by Scott Gibson

Two federal agencies are investigating The Home Depot after receiving reports that its contractors did not comply with lead paint regulations.

WSB-TV, a television station in Atlanta where Home Depot is headquartered, said that it spent months investigating claims of "questionable business practices" and uncovered a number of customer complaints about contract work involving the removal of lead paint.

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  1. Wikimedia Commons

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Piping as Poison

The Flint water crisis and America’s toxic infrastructure

Posted on Feb 22 2016 by Chris Sellers

As the crisis over the water in Flint, Michigan, rolls on, we’re learning more and more about the irresponsibility and callousness of officials and politicians in charge.

The mix of austerity politics, environmental racism, and sheer ineptitude makes for a shocking brew, yet the physical conditions that have made it literally toxic for Flint residents are neither as exceptional nor as recent as much of the media coverage suggests.

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  1. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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Lawsuit Challenges Paint Makers on Lead

A California state court is likely to rule later this year on claims that could cost manufacturers $1.4 billion in cleanup effort

Posted on Sep 30 2013 by Scott Gibson

A California superior court judge is expected to rule by the end of the year in a 13-year-old case that could force paint manufacturers and distributors to spend $1 billion or more to clean up lead paint.

According to accounts in The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times, the court battle pits seven California counties and three cities against makers and distributors of paint and pigments, including Sherwin-Williams, DuPont Co., and ConAgra Grocery Products. The plaintiffs are pursuing their claims under so-called public nuisance laws.

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Uptick Expected in Lead-Paint Rule Enforcement

The EPA is increasing inspections of RRP job sites and stepping up enforcement efforts

Posted on Dec 28 2011 by Richard Defendorf

Enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule has so far yielded three noncompliance claims against contractors, with the first dated May 6.

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  1. Environmental Protection Agency, via NAHB

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