EPA proposes tightening standards for lead-safe renovation practices and lead paint dust to protect children

Written By: Kathy Price-Robinson - Oct• 22•09

Child near flaking lead paint on windowsill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 22, 2009

WASHINGTON
– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is marking National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week by announcing several actions the agency proposes to take to prevent lead poisoning. Lead poisoning may cause a variety of adverse health effects, including brain and nervous system disorders, high blood pressure, and hypertension. Children six years old and under are most at risk.

EPA has issued a proposed rule to expand the coverage of the 2008 Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. The new rule proposes to eliminate a provision that exempted some housing from the rule’s requirement that contractors be trained and certified and use lead-safe work practices when renovating, repairing or painting a pre-1978 home.

via yosemite.epa.gov

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