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Porches an overlooked lead hazard

By | Feb 24, 2015

A new study in the journal Environmental Health indicates that porches in older homes can be a significant source of lead dust and that housing regulations – which have been instrumental in lower rates of lead poisoning in recent years – need to be adapted to meet this threat to children’s health. “This study shows that porches are an important...

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Bridge Coating Firm Fined for Lead

By | Feb 20, 2015

A Florida-based industrial coatings contractor is facing $58,800 in federal fines after receiving 13 serious citations alleging excessive lead exposures during abrasive blasting. Atlas Steel Coatings Inc. president Louis Alfieri said Tuesday (Jan. 27) that his company would contest the citations and fines announced Monday (Jan. 26) by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. “Our tests concluded that at no...

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Lead-tainted toys seized at Port of Savannah

By | Jan 28, 2015

  SAVANNAH, Ga. (WJCL) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations at the Port of Savannah seized over 1,000 children’s toys due to high amounts of lead paint. The CBP office seized 1,320 Wel-Bilt Little Diggers, a child’s backhoe-like digger found in some sandy playgrounds. The merchandise had an estimated sell value of over $38,000. The merchandise...

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EPA Seeks Comments on Lead-Based Paint Program Revisions

By | Jan 22, 2015

For All concerned with RRP, NOW is the time to make some improvements to the law. SUMMARY: EPA is proposing minor revisions to the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule that published in the Federal Register on April 22, 2008, and the Lead-based Paint (LBP) Activities rule that published in the Federal Register on August 29, 1996. The proposed...

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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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