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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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Lead Paint and Old Clapboards

A homeowner looks for ways to rescue painted bevel siding on an 1860 house

Posted on Oct 30 2017 by Scott Gibson

Gregg Zuman's house in Beacon, New York, was built near the start of the Civil War, and like most any building of that era it's in need of a few repairs. At the moment, Zuman is stuck on what to do about the clapboard siding.

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  1. Gregg Zuman

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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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Managing Lead Paint Hazards

If you disturb old paint, children can be poisoned — so think twice before you plug in your belt sander

Posted on Apr 8 2016 by Martin Holladay

About 37 million American homes and apartments have some interior lead paint on walls and woodwork. Any house built before 1978 — the year when most types of lead paint were withdrawn from the market in the U.S. — may contain lead paint. If lead paint is present on friction surfaces (for example, window sash), or if any lead paint is flaking or deteriorated, any children under the age of 6 or pregnant women who live in the house are at risk.

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EPA Steps Up Enforcement of Lead Paint Rule

The agency's latest effort targets New Haven, Connecticut, which has one of the highest rates of childhood lead exposure in New England

Posted on Apr 21 2014 by Scott Gibson

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is targeting the New Haven, Connecticut, area for tougher enforcement of rules designed to protect children from the hazards of lead in paint.

Some 200 renovators and painting contractors, property management companies, and landlords in the area were invited by the EPA to a meeting on April 16, 2014, to learn more about the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, part of the Toxic Substances Act.

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Lead Paint Claims Win $1.1 Billion Judgment

A California judge rules that Sherwin-Williams and two other defendants must pay for replacement or containment of lead paint

Posted on Jan 1 2014 by Scott Gibson

Sherwin-Williams Company and two other defendants have been ordered by a California superior court judge to pay $1.1 billion to replace or contain lead paint, according to Bloomberg News.

The public-nuisance lawsuit was brought by ten California cities and counties, including San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles County. The ruling by Judge James Kleinberg in San Jose, California, on December 16 followed a five-week non-jury trial.

Two other defendants, NL Industries and ConAgra Grocery Products, share in the penalty. But claims against Atlantic Richfield and DuPont were dismissed.

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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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EPA Announces Lead-Safe Renovation Fines

Three violations of the agency’s lead safe rule are resolved as contractors agree to pay penalties, with fines ranging from $1,500 to $10,000

Posted on Apr 11 2012 by Richard Defendorf

The Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that it had imposed fines for three violations the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP), which is designed to ensure that renovation activities that can create lead dust are conducted properly by trained and certified contractors or individuals.

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  1. Scott Robinson

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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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