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(Lenexa, Kan., Oct. 2, 2015) – EPA Region 7 has filed a settlement with Bordner Installation Group, Inc., that includes a $19,782 Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) to benefit a youth education facility in Kansas City, Mo. An EPA recordkeeping inspection revealed Bordner, a home renovation company, violated the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, resulting in a $21,980 penalty. About $2,200 of the civil penalty will be paid as cash to the United States. The remaining funds will be used for lead-based paint abatement of an education center at Grace United Community Ministries, Kansas City, Mo. The SEP requires Bordner to replace 28 windows at Grace United, which is expected to remove a significant amount of lead-based paint in the facility. The Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule seeks to reduce lead exposure from toxic lead dust that can be disturbed during renovations and repairs. The rule regulates lead-based paint activities, including renovation of residences built prior to 1978, and the certification of individuals and firms who are involved in these activities. EPA’s recordkeeping inspection of Bordner revealed that the company failed to provide owners of homes built prior to 1978 with an EPA-approved lead information pamphlet prior to beginning work, and failed to retain records demonstrating compliance with RRP Rule requirements for lead-safe work practices. Lead exposure can cause a range of adverse health effects, from behavioral disorders and learning disabilities to seizures and death, putting young children at the greatest risk because their nervous systems are still developing. Today at least 4 million households have children who are being exposed to high levels of lead. There are approximately half-a-million U.S. children ages 1-5 with blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the reference level at which the Centers for Disease Control recommends public health actions be initiated. If you suspect the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule has been violated at a recently completed or ongoing renovation project, EPA encourages you to contact Region 7 at 1-800-223-0425 or by using the electronic form available online.Read More
The New Mexico Department of Health received an alert from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding a powdered product called “Bo Ying compound,” which may contain high levels of lead. The product is labeled in Chinese and English and marketed in retail outlets and online for the treatment of flu, fever, and nasal discharge in infants and children.
Exposure to lead can cause serious harm to the developing brain, kidneys, and other organs. Lead in the body is toxic, especially for children. Ongoing exposure to lead, even at low levels, can result in learning disabilities, reduced IQ, and behavioral problems.
In an effort to prevent lead poisoning and decrease elevated blood-lead levels in exposed children, the New Mexico Department of Health’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provides education, home visits, lead risk assessment, and consultation with healthcare providers.
The FDA advises consumers to discontinue use and discard any “Bo Ying compound” they may have purchased. Additionally, parents and caregivers who may have given “Bo Ying compound” to their children should consult with their health care provider for evaluation and potential blood-lead testing.
Consumers and health care professionals are also encouraged to report to the FDA any adverse events related to the “Bo Ying compound” product. This report form can be found on the FDA’s MedWatch Online Voluntary Reporting Form page.
For more information about the prevention and management of childhood lead poisoning in New Mexico, please call 505-476-1734 or submit an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
HUD provides a $4000 credit if you are purchasing a HUD house with an FHA loan.
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