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EPA may loosen lead-based paint regs

By | Jan 14, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency is looking to ease certain lead-based paint regulations, the agency said Tuesday. The training requirements for contractors who renovate homes that are filled with lead-based paint would be loosened under proposed rules published by the EPA in the Federal Register. Home renovators seeking recertification would no longer be required to go through more intensive hands-on training...

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Angie’s List: Lead poisoning

By | Dec 26, 2014

Lead poisoning is 100-percent preventable. Unfortunately, thousands of kids are still getting sick. It’s important to test your children and your home, to protect your family. Lead paint lurks in 40-percent of the nation’s homes, about 36 million homes across the US. Cheryl Turcotte, a former EPA supervisor, says, “Any amount, even the tiniest, tiniest bit on the tip of...

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CDC Lead Prevention Tips

By | Dec 15, 2014

Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. No safe blood lead level in children has been identified. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. And effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected.The goal is to prevent lead exposure to children before they...

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Lead-Paint Work Draws $46k Fine

By | Dec 8, 2014

An Illinois painting contractor faces federal citations and nearly $50,000 in fines for allegedly exposing employees to lead-paint dust. Arturo’s Painting & Restauration Inc., of Chicago, was cited for 17 serious safety violations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Dec. 3. The citations stem from a May 19 inspection in Evanston, where employees were seen hand-scraping and power-sanding lead-based...

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Vacaville company faces fine over lead paint in Bay Area homes

By | Dec 3, 2014

Vacaville-based Blue Mountain Air is facing a $51,000 fine for failing to follow federal rules in the treatment and removal of lead-based paint during its renovation of four Bay Area homes, the U.S. Environmental Protection announced Wednesday. The company, a subsidiary of Blue Mountain Inc., failed to obtain required EPA certification before the renovations, and also failed to keep required...

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