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OSHA Launches Sweeping PEL Review

How can the U.S. ensure worker health and safety amid thousands of hazardous chemicals now in use in the workplace—without creating thousands of new rules?


$28M Awarded for PA Bridge Painting

A $28 million contract for cleaning, painting and restoring a Pittsburgh bridge has been awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.


Protective Coating Shuns Heavy Metal

Tesla NanoCoatings has introduced a high-performance corrosion-control coating without cadmium, lead and other heavy metals found in zinc-rich coatings.


Psst! Wanna Buy a Bridge?

Oregon's Sellwood Bridge is almost 90 years old, weighs over 3,000 tons, and is chock full of lead paint, but it could all be yours—if the price is right.


EU Backs Philippines’ Anti-Lead Push

The European Union is throwing its support behind an effort to eliminate lead and mercury exposures among millions of Filipino schoolchildren.


Lead Makes Veneration Risky Business

Tens of millions of Catholics in the Philippines are being warned against kissing, rubbing and other hands-on veneration of statues in the run-up to Easter, due to high amounts of lead paint...


Study: High-Lead Paint Persists in Asia

Long banned in the U.S. and Europe, architectural paint with lead—a lot of lead—is still widely available in Asia, the world's largest coatings market, a new study concludes.


Bids Sought for ‘Little Golden Gate’

Bids are being accepted to paint and rehabilitate a 746.5-foot-long suspension pedestrian bridge over the American River in Sacramento, CA.


New How-To Offers Lead Guidance

Detecting lead and other toxic metals in existing coatings—a crucial prerequisite to developing a coating maintenance strategy—is the topic of a new instructional video on PaintSquare.


Coating Makers Seek Silica Exemption

Monitoring paint manufacturing for excess silica exposure would cost $700,000—10 times the federal government's estimate—and is unnecessary, the American Coatings Association says.


Industry Faces ‘Big Regulatory Year’

ORLANDO—Fasten your seatbelts: 2014 will break open a dam of pent-up regulatory action, expert Alison B. Kaelin is warning the paint, coatings and blasting industries.


Paint Makers to Pay $1.1B for Lead

Reversing years of legal victories, the Sherwin-Williams Co., NL Industries and ConAgra Grocery Products have been ordered to pay $1.1 billion to remove lead paint from millions of Californi...


U.S. Violators Reap U.S. Contracts

Major wage and safety law violations involving millions of U.S. workers are not preventing their employers from reaping billions of dollars in federal contracts, according to a new study rel...


Bridge Paint Hazards Draw $110k Fine

An Illinois railroad faces $110,500 in proposed penalties after allegedly exposing workers to lead-paint hazards during bridge demolition work in Chicago.


Feds: Lead Risk for Painters Persists

Lead exposure on the job remains a significant health threat in painting and blasting, despite decades of improvement among other occupations and the general public, a new federal study repo...


Company Blamed in Trainee’s Death

Cited twice in five years for hazards, including several that led to an amputation, a Texas plating company is now being held responsible for the death of a 22-year-old worker who was learni...


NY Dismissed from Bridge Painter’s Suit

The City of New York has been released from a multi-defendant lawsuit by a former bridge painter who alleges that his years on the job caused his lung cancer.


GC, 5 Subs Fined on Power Plant Project

From shaky scaffolding to lead-paint hazards, more than 30 jobsite violations have landed six contractors from five states in trouble with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


WHO Pushes Global Ban on Lead Paint

The World Health Organization is calling on countries to step up national efforts to eliminate lead paint as part of the first International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, which o...


Lead Safety Campaigns Target Paint

The U.S.'s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, focusing on the hazards of lead paint, has hit the world stage.


$46.7M Paint Sludge Cleanup Planned

The next step in removing tens of thousands of tons of paint sludge, paint waste and tainted soil from an old Ford Motor Co. site in New Jersey will cost $46.7 million, under a cleanup plan ...


Navy Hazards Addressed; Review Unlikely

Navy officials have addressed toxic-metals exposures that threatened to shut down a California painting and maintenance facility last fall, but federal health officials have declined to take...


OSHA to Target Key Coating Chemical

Federal health and safety authorities have announced a new crackdown on worker exposure to a chemical widely used in protective and marine coatings.


Fatal OH Plant Blast Draws $325K Fine

A deadly explosion at a Cincinnati sewage plant has drawn 22 federal health and safety violations and $325,710 in fines for the facility owner.


Historic Bridge Restoration Up for Bid

The Arizona Department of Transportation is accepting bids for the long-delayed renovation of the century-old Chevelon Creek Bridge—a project estimated at $1,379,000.


At 81, Sydney Bridge Preps for Facelift

Q: How many painters does it take to paint a coat hanger? A: 50, when the hanger in question is the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.


Industry to EPA: Make Your Case on Lead

Federal regulators who want sweeping new lead-safe mandates on public and commercial projects must prove the need for those rules first, the construction industry insists.


Paint, Plating Sites Join Superfund List

Abandoned paint and chrome plating operations are among nine hazardous-waste sites newly named to the Superfund National Priorities List.


Bids Invited for Covered Bridge Rehab

Pennsylvania is seeking contractors for coating and rehabilitation work on historic Schlicher's Covered Bridge, which spans Jordan Creek in the midst of a county-owned game preserve.


Winners to Pay $10M in Lead Paint Suit

They may have won the battle, but paint makers will still have to pay for the long and costly war over lead paint, a Rhode Island judge has ruled.


WA Dam Gate Painting Up for Bid

Industrial painting bids are now being accepted for coating and related work on the Lake Chelan Dam in central Washington.


Bids Invited for WV Bridge Painting

The second and final phase of cleaning and painting work on West Virginia's Hospital Bridge is now up for bid, following the project's $2.4 million first phase.


Jotun to Eliminate Lead Chromates

Global coatings manufacturer Jotun will phase out lead chromates in 2014 and invest more resources to produce safer, more environmentally responsible paints and coatings.


Bids Invited to Paint Historic Weapons

The U.S. Navy is seeking bids for the cleaning and painting of historic weaponry at the 95-year-old Naval Support Facility in Dahlgren, VA.


Ancient Organs Focus of Corrosion Study

An organ-playing chemist has found a way to combine her passion for music and science by studying corrosion in centuries-old organ pipes.


$10M Bridge Painting Project Awarded

The Blue Bridge will bring $10,070,000 in green to an Ohio painting contractor, under a newly awarded cleaning and coating contract.


Maine Awards $2M+ Bridge Painting

Maine's Joshua L. Chamberlain Bridge, named for the state's famous Civil War son, will be getting a $2.1 million facelift from Olympus Painting Contractors Inc., of Tarpon Springs, FL.


Free eBook Focuses on Bridge Coating

Safety, quality, decision-making and other hands-on issues vital to a successful coating project are among the topics of a new, free eBook available from JPCL.


Lead Paint Ups Bridge Price

Local officials in a Florida county were recently surprised to learn that a bridge under renovation contains unsafe levels of lead, causing them to have to fork over an extra $769,497 on the...


New Rules Could Shake Up Industry

SAN ANTONIO—Coating manufacturers are starting to see sweeping changes in hazard communications that could potentially impact every safety data sheet in the industry.


Europe Eyes Hazardous Lead Labeling

Lead paint could soon take on a new "hazardous" status throughout the 27 member states of the European Union, under measures now being considered.


Hoover Dam Hit with 58 OSHA Citations

Lead contamination, hexavalent chromium exposures and a wide variety of other hazards at the Hoover Dam Hydroelectric Power Plant have resulted in the filing of 58 federal health and safety...


USACE Awards $2.6M in Bridge, Dam Work

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $2.6 million contract to a Tennessee firm to rehabilitate the Canton Lake Bridge and four sluice gates at the Canton Dam in Canton, OK.


Pol’s Painting Backfires in Lead Snafu

From the No Good Deed Goes Unpunished Dept.: A frustrated Australian politician’s determination to paint his local bridge may have ended with lead paint contamination in the river below.


Historic Graffiti Restored at Alcatraz

Usually, painting graffiti on a historic landmark would invite a hefty fine, if not some time behind bars. But when the water tower on Alcatraz Island got a fresh paint job, the National Par...


Bridge Painter's Body Recovered

The body of a missing bridge painter who fell into the Columbia River on Oct. 7 while working on the Lewis and Clark Bridge was recovered Saturday afternoon (Nov. 4).


USACE Awards $18M ND Dam Painting

S&S Coatings Inc., of Spokane, WA, has been awarded an $18,271,224 contract to clean and recoat the 28 spillway gates at the Garrison Dam in central North Dakota.


Bids Sought for $20M+ Painting Project

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is inviting bids for the second phase of painting of the Sunshine Bridge—a project estimated at up to $30 million.


EPA OKs Cleanup at Navy Superfund Site

Contamination from paint, blasting and other activities will finally be cleaned up at the Naval Submarine Base-New London Superfund Site in Groton, CT, under a Navy plan newly approved by th...


OSHA Demands Cleanup of Navy Facility

A U.S. Navy maintenance facility may be forced to shut down after a series of health and safety inspections found workers there exposed to a variety of “extremely toxic materials.”


$22M Driscoll Bridge Painting Awarded

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has awarded a $22,289,395 contract for repairing and repainting the Driscoll Memorial Bridge—the world’s widest bridge—to Allied Painting Inc., of Franklinv...


WV DOT Awards $2.4M Bridge Painting

An Ohio industrial painting contractor has been awarded a $2.4 million contract for the first phase of cleaning and painting on West Virginia’s Hospital Bridge over Wheeling Creek.


Painting Contractor Settles Lead Case

An Ohio industrial painting and blasting contractor with a long-unblemished safety record has tentatively settled its first federal case for a sharply reduced fine.


Judge OKs Release of Kids’ Lead Tests

Hundreds of thousands of children’s medical records will be released to the Sherwin-Williams Co. and other lead pigment paint producers in a long-running lawsuit brought by 10 California cit...


International Paint Drops Lead Chromate

International Paint’s Marine and Protective Coatings business has joined the growing global trend to get the lead out, becoming the first major coatings producer to eliminate the use of lead...


FL Contractor Wins $1.5M WV Bridge Job

A Florida painting contractor has bested 14 other bidders to win a $1.5 million contract to clean and recoat West Virginia’s David Morgan Memorial Bridge over the Monongahela River.


DuPont Refinish to Pump Unleaded

As lead exits the world’s last car engines, it is also finally disappearing from car coatings.


LA Firm Awarded $2.1M Bridge Painting

Two historic Baton Rouge vertical lift bridges are in for a makeover, under a cleaning and recoating contract just awarded to a longtime local contractor.


2 SD Dam Rehab Projects Up for Bid

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will accept bids June 27 for the multimillion-dollar rehabilitation of spillway gates at Fort Randall Dam and Big Bend Dam in South Dakota.


New Bids Sought for IA Bridge Painting

The Iowa Department of Transportation is inviting a second round of bids for abrasive-blast cleaning and repainting of the Black Hawk Bridge over the upper Mississippi River.


Engineering Bids Sought for Bridge Work

Multnomah County, OR, is seeking engineering services to provide a comprehensive coatings analysis, structural assessment and other evaluations for a forthcoming rehabilitation of the landma...


$4.2M PA Bridge Rehab Awarded

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded North Star Painting Co., of Youngstown, OH, a $4.2 million contract to rehabilitate the Parker Bridge over the Allegheny River.


New Industry Emissions Rules Loom

Compliance deadlines are nearing for two new federal emissions rules that will affect the coatings industry, and the American Coatings Association is trying to help its members get ready.


Beyond Botox: Tunnels Due for Facelift

Bids are being invited for Malibu’s movie-star mountain tunnels, which are in need of a makeover before their next close-up.


Green Bay Bridge Rehab Up for Bid

Wisconsin transportation officials will open bids April 10 for cleaning and rehabilitating Green Bay’s iconic Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge.


MA Probes Late-Night Harbor Blasting

A New England painting contractor has landed in hot water after allegedly conducting uncontained late-night abrasive blasting in a Massachusetts harbor on St. Patrick’s Day.


Copper Upgrades for Lead Pipes May Backfire, Study Shows

The dangers of lead pipes in drinking-water systems are well established, but could the cure be even worse? Quite possibly, say researchers at Washington University in St. Louis.


LA Awards $3.1M Bridge Painting

Louisiana’s Department of Transportation and Development has awarded recoating of the Horace Wilkinson Bridge over the Mississippi River to Hames Contracting Inc., of Alpharetta, GA.


Bids Sought for $2.5M Penstock Coating

The City of Tacoma, WA, is soliciting bids for cleaning and recoating two municipal utility penstocks—a painting contract estimated at up to $2.5 million.


LA Seeks Bids for $70M Bridge Painting

The Louisiana Department of Transportation will open bids Jan. 11 for the first phase of painting and repairs on the mile-long Huey P. Long Bridge in Baton Rouge—a project estimated at $70 m...


MO Town to Tackle Storm-Churned Toxins

Seven months into its recovery from massive tornado damage, the city of Joplin, MO, will receive $500,000 in federal aid to begin the enormous task of remediating lead exposed in up to 1,500...


PA Awards $31M Mansfield Bridge Rehab

A Pittsburgh contractor has been green-lighted for a $31 million project to recoat and rehab the W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge over the Monongahela River.


LA Awards $4.8M Bridge Painting Work

Texas Bridge Inc. has been awarded a $4,809,850 contract to perform coating and related work on the Judge Seeber (Claiborne Avenue) Bridge, which links New Orleans with the Lower and Upper N...


Painting Contractor Faces 9th OSHA Case

Federal authorities have slapped hefty fines on a Wisconsin painting contractor after one painter was found straddling the parapet of a highway overpass and another fell 25 feet from a bridg...


Areas in 15 States Fail EPA Lead Tests

Despite improving compliance, areas in 15 states are still failing to make the grade on federal air-quality standards for lead, the Environmental Protection Agency reports.


Bids Sought for $13.9M Bridge Rehab

The Maine Department of Transportation is inviting bids for coating, steel repairs and related work on Augusta’s Memorial Bridge—a contract potentially valued at nearly $14 million.


DOD Funds Free SSPC Training

Free SSPC training in specifying, inspection, coatings removal, abrasive blasting and other topics is now available to military personnel under a new contract with the Department of Defense ...


Lead Case Targets Disney Attractions

M-i-c-k-e-y M-o-u-s-e is getting s-u-e-d over l-e-a-d.


AL Water Works Bids 2 Painting Jobs

The Birmingham (AL) Water Works and Sewer Board will accept bids Friday (Sept. 30) for two projects: blasting, painting and related work on tanks and silos at three plants; and blasting and ...


$50K Spillway Painting Up for Bid

The City of Tacoma, WA, will accept bids Oct. 11 for recoating and related work on the spillway gates at Cushman Dam No. 1—a contract valued at $50,000 to $60,000.


IN Firm Gets $5.3M Bridge Paint Job

An Indiana industrial painting contractor has bested a crowded field of bidders to capture a $5.3 million contract for cleaning and painting on the Arch A. Moore Jr. Bridge, which connects W...


NJ Company Lands $1.6M Crane Painting

Broward County, FL, has awarded a New Jersey industrial painting contractor a $1.6 million contract for crane coatings work in the Southport Terminals area at Port Everglades.


$2.1M Hood River Bridge Painting Let

S&K Painting Inc., of Clackamas, OR, has been awarded a $2.1 million contract for paint rehabilitation on the Hood River Interstate Bridge.


Paint Waste Halts $4.2M Bridge Project

A dispute over spilled lead paint chips, containment issues and other problems has stopped a $4.2 million bridge project cold in Oregon, where commuters have spent much of the summer endurin...


$42.3M Mystic River Bridge Work Let

An Ohio-based joint venture has landed a $42.3 million contract for cleaning and painting on a section of Massachusetts’ Maurice J. Tobin Memorial Bridge—or the Mystic River Bridge, as it is...


Verrazano-Narrows ‘Leg Lift’ Begins

Containment is in place and coatings removal is underway on a $19 million “leg lift” for New York’s Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.


Shop-Towel Wars: Textile Rental Association Weighs In

The Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA) has described as “frivolous” the claims in a recent study that laundered shop towels contain potentially dangerous levels of heavy m...


Abhe & Svoboda Wins Aqueduct Coating Contract

The East Bay Municipal Utility District (Oakland, CA) awarded a contract of $6,183,310 to Abhe & Svoboda, Inc. of Prior Lake, MN, to perform lead abatement and coatings application on the Mo...


Critics Rap Shop Towel Study

A study suggesting potentially excessive exposure to heavy metals in laundered shop towels, reported in the July 20 edition of this Newsletter, has been met with skepticism about its objecti...


Laundering Doesn’t Protect Against Heavy Metals, Study Shows

A study by an environmental and risk science consulting firm shows that commercially laundered shop towels contain levels of heavy metals that could expose workers to unsafe exposure.


Texas Bridge Partners to Recoat Sunshine Bridge

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development awarded a contract of $6,223,574 to Texas Bridge Partners, LLP, of Humble, TX, to perform superstructure and substructure painting ...


Capital Victory: Bridge Painter Bests NY State’s Tax Man

What’s the difference between maintenance painting and capital improvement painting? About a million dollars, for one New York bridge painter.


$1.5M Bridge Coating Job Up for Bid

Washington State’s Pend Oreille County will accept bids July 11 for rehabilitation of the Ione Bridge—a project valued at up to $4.5 million, including about $1.5 million in coatings work.


Bids Sought for $150K Substation Job

The Eugene (OR) Water & Electric Board will accept bids July 14 for lead abatement, cleaning and painting services on several substations—a contract valued at up to $150,000.


$15M Bridge Painting Job Up for Bid

Bids will be accepted June 29 for superstructure and substructure painting and repairs on Louisiana’s vast Sunshine Bridge—a painting contract valued at up to $15 million.


GC Fined $180K for Lead Paint Exposure

An Illinois construction contractor faces $180,180 in fines and eight federal health citations for exposing workers to lead paint while they were torch-cutting on a steel bridge.


Wife’s Killer Blames Metals Toxicity

A Cambodian man accused of murdering his wife was deranged at the time of the killing by “heavy metal toxicity” from workplace exposure to lead, cadmium and other metals, authorities and def...


WA Orders Hazards Fixed During Appeal

Washington State employers who have been cited for broken equipment, unsafe practices and other serious workplace hazards must now correct those issues immediately, even if the case is being...


WA Dam Painting Contract Up for Bid

Industrial painting bids will be accepted May 6 for coating and related work on the Lake Chelan Dam, in central Washington State.


Bids Sought for $6M Aqueduct Painting

East Bay (CA) Municipal Utility District, will accept bids April 27 for painting, lead abatement and related work on the Mokelumne Aqueducts—a project estimated at $6 million to $8 million.


OSHA Alleges Lead-Hazard Violations in Bridge Project, Proposes $129,000 Penalty

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued 35 citations against Panthera Painting Co. Inc., Canonsburg, PA, for allegedly exposing workers to dangerously high levels of lead, a...


Spillway Painting Ends After Cleanup

Dust and debris from blasting and painting at the Bonnet Carré Spillway outside New Orleans were cleaned up and captured in the final days of the project, state officials say.


LA Orders Cleanup, Capture at Spillway

The State of Louisiana has ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its painting contractor to clean up the dust and debris being generated by open-air blasting on the Bonnet Carré Spill...


LA Investigating Uncontained Coating Project

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is investigating practices used to strip and recoat the Bonnet Carré Spillway, saying the project should have employed some method to captur...


$5M Rehab Let for Quad Cities Bridge

The Iowa Department of Transportation has awarded a $4,997,472 contract for coatings, lead abatement and related rehabilitation work on the Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge to Civil Constructor...


India Paint Makers Agree to Lead Phase-Out

Even as a leading Indian paint producer continues to fight findings about lead content in its paint, the nation’s paint manufacturers say they are ready for a phase-out of lead.


Bids Sought for Capitol Dome Work

The Architect of the U.S. Capitol will accept bids Feb. 17 for professional painting and repair services for the Capitol Dome's cast-iron structure and masonry walls within the skirt area.


Water Researchers to Study Coating Options for Lead, Copper Lines

New coating and lining technologies that might serve as alternatives to lead service line replacement will be the focus of federally funded research by the Water Research Foundation.


Bids Sought for Historic Bridge

Bids will be accepted Feb. 14 for replacement of the historic Point Bonita Lighthouse Suspension Pedestrian Bridge—a project that will include lead handling and coatings application.


Supreme Court Allows Lawyers To Share in Public Lead Awards

Local governments that are planning to sue paint companies for lead cleanup may hire private lawyers to help and offer them part of those awards, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rev...


$5M Smith Point Bridge Rehab Awarded

Suffolk County, NY, has awarded a $5,096,422 contract to Gibson & Cushman Contracting, of Port Jefferson, NY, for rehabilitation of the Smith Point Bridge over Narrow Bay.


NY Subway Painters Demand More Lead Protection

New York City subway painters are calling on the city transit authority to adopt tougher lead abatement standards on capital projects.


Europe May Tighten Rein on 4 Coating Chemicals

The European Chemicals Agency has recommended that four coatings chemicals be deemed “substances of very high concern” that should “not be used without authorization”—a proposal that could a...


Bids Sought for Coating of WA Bridge

The City of Tacoma, WA, will accept bids Jan. 4, 2011, for rehabilitation and painting of the East Lincoln Avenue Bridge.


KY Tells CSX to Contain Flaking Bridge Paint

The state of Kentucky has asked CSX Transportation Inc. to come up with a plan to address future flaking of rusty, lead-based paint off the Barren River Bridge in Bowling Green.


EPA 2010: 20K+ Inspections, $12.1B Polluter Tab

Aggressive federal enforcement of VOCs, surface coating emissions, wastewater, lead and other environmental issues cost companies more than $110 million in penalties and about $12 billion in...


OSHA Heightens Scrutiny of Shipbreaking Hazards

Marine coatings exposures, coatings removal and confined-space safety during ship demolition are facing new federal scrutiny as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration implements a...


Coatings Industry Wins CA Lead Fee Appeal

A California Court of Appeals panel has again denied Shell Oil’s attempt to shift millions of dollars in fees for lead prevention to the coatings industry.


Contractor Clouds PA Town with Lead Paint Dust

A Pennsylvania town is grappling with potentially serious contamination of its air, water and residents after a contractor unleashed “clouds” of uncontained lead-based paint dust while blast...


Traffic Jam May Cost Bridge Painter $24,000

A Missouri painting contractor on an interstate bridge recoating project faces a $24,000 state fine after an equipment breakdown delayed reopening of the highway in time for the Monday morni...


EPA Begins Enforcement of Unpopular Lead Rule

Enforcement Day has finally arrived for the Environmental Protection Agency's controversial "Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule," despite months of efforts by contractors, suppliers and ot...


Targeted EPA Sweep Fines 9 Metal Finishers

Nine California metal finishers have paid thousands of dollars in fines for federal hazardous-waste violations after a recent rash of targeted inspections by the U.S. Environmental Protectio...


Free Webinar on Removal of Lead Paint Scheduled for Oct. 6

A Durability +Design webinar on lead paint removal, “Good Practice and Regulatory Compliance in Lead Paint Removal from Residential and Commercial Structures,” will be presented on Wednesday...


EPA Approves Lead Paint Test Kit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the D-LEAD Paint Test Kit, by ESCA Tech Inc., for lead-based paint on plaster or drywall surfaces.


ACA, IPPIC to Advise on Global Lead Paint Ban

The International Paint and Printing Ink Council, with counsel from the American Coatings Association, will take the coatings industry’s lead in the global initiative to end the use of lead ...


EPA OKs 2 Lead Test Kits; RRP Training Tops 400K

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved two lead testing kits and trained 421,000 people as enforcement looms for the new federal lead-safe work rules.


NY Power Authority Bids Lead/PCB Abatement Work

The New York Power Authority will accept sealed bids on Aug. 12, 2010, for lead and PCB-containing coatings removal on various components associated with three turbine units at the St. Lawre...


Groups Plan Suit to Restore Lead Rule ‘Opt-Out’

A coalition of housing industry groups plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to restore an “opt-out” provision to EPA’s controversial new lead-safe practices rule.


EPA Extends Lead Rule Comment Period, Ends Opt-Out

The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the comment period for proposed changes to its controversial new lead-safety rule, while closing one of the rule’s key loopholes.


EPA Delays Lead-Rule Enforcement

The Environmental Protection Agency, facing pressure from industry groups and members of Congress, has acted to delay enforcement of the agency’s much-criticized “Lead-Safe Renovation, Repai...


ACA Lodges Formal Complaint on Lead-Safe Rule’s PSA Campaign

The American Coatings Association (ACA) late last week lodged a formal complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), obj...


Senate Votes to Block Lead-Rule Fines

The U.S. Senate has voted to delay imposition of fines and liability related to the controversial new federal lead rule, and one Senator has called for a hearing on the measure.


OSHA Updates Security on Training ID Cards

Faced with a growing counterfeiting problem, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has quietly incorporated new security features into the wallet cards issued upon completion of ...


Free Webinar to Focus on Lead Rules

PWC: Painting & Wallcovering Contractor Magazine will host a free webinar June 24 on compliance with the controversial federal lead-safe rules introduced in April.


Opposition to Lead Rule Heats Up

Trade associations continue to challenge the new federal lead-safe work rule almost five weeks after implementation, with one group seeking congressional relief and another lambasting the ru...


EPA May Expand Lead Reg to Public, Commercial Work

Just days after its controversial lead-safe rule took effect for homes and child-care centers, the EPA is weighing a similar mandate for commercial and public projects.


Manufacturers Urge Suspension of Lead Rule

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is seeking to suspend implementation of the controversial federal lead-safe work rules that took effect last month.


EPA Tightens New Lead Law

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has tightened its brand-new lead-safe law by eliminating a loophole that had allowed residential contractors to opt out of the requirements with the ...


EPA Lead Rule Now in Force

Despite challenges by critics, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting” (RRP) rule took effect as scheduled on Wednesday.


EPA Lead Rule Takes Effect

April 22, 2010 is the effective date for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program, which requires contractors who work in pre-1978 homes...


125K Certified on Eve of EPA Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects more than 125,000 contractors to be trained in lead-safe work practices by the mandated deadline of April 22, the agency says.


HUD Awards $13 Million for Lead-Paint Projects

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $13 million in grants to 25 local projects for a wide variety of efforts to promote lead safety.


EPA Refutes Critics, Keeps Lead Rule on Track

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving to implement its sweeping new lead-safe rule on schedule and is strongly refuting the allegations of critics that are seeking to block it.


Iowa Approved to Enforce Lead Rule

Iowa has become the second state in the country to be federally authorized to administer and enforce the impending federal Lead-based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program. Wis...


11th-Hour Appeal Seeks to Delay Lead Rule

Just weeks before the two-year clock runs out, a dozen paint industry groups and retailers have joined forces to delay sweeping new federal lead-safe work rules set to take effect April 22.


Heavy Fines Loom with New Lead Regs

Less than a month remains for contractors to comply with sweeping new lead-safe rules or face fines of up to $37,500.


Group Alleges Lead Poisoning of Chicks

Lead paint poisoning is unlawfully killing up to 10,000 chicks each year on Midway Atoll, the Center for Biological Diversity contends in an impending lawsuit.


New Lead Deadlines Loom

Time is short for companies and contractors to prepare for new federal lead-safe regulations that take effect in April, the Environmental Protection Agency is warning.


California Paints to Host Lead Classes

California Paints will host courses at its Massachusetts headquarters to train and certify contractors for the forthcoming federal Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.


EPA Proposes to Expand Lead Monitoring

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is proposing to expand the lead air quality monitoring network to ensure that the most vulnerable Americans are protected fro...


Bridge Painter Contests Lead Violations

A Cincinnati, OH, bridge painting contractor is contesting citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and proposed fines of $321,000 for allegedly violating OSHA...


Wisconsin Institutes EPA Lead Programs

Wisconsin has become the first state authorized to administer and enforce the U.S. EPA’s impending lead-safe rules for contractors.


Contractor Faces $321K Fine in Lead Case

The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration has proposed $321,000 in fines against an Ohio painting company accused of exposing workers to lead.


EPA May Tighten Lead Paint Definition, Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to revisit the definition of lead-based paint and further tighten standards for lead-safe renovation practices above the measures already requi...


EPA Certification for Lead Removal Underway

Hundreds of contractors nationwide have already become EPA-certified renovators in anticipation of the agency's Lead-Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, which takes effect in April.


Study Calls Lead Paint a Global Threat

Although lead in paint has been restricted in the United States since 1978, enough is being produced worldwide to pose a threat and warrant a global ban, researchers say.


Kids’ Lead Traced to Painter Parents

Health officials have found a disturbing new source of lead poisoning in children—“take-home” lead dust carried by adults who work as painters and in other lead-related occupations.


PDCA Teams Up to Offer Lead Training

The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America have teamed up with an environmental consulting firm to provide lead-safe training to painting contractors.


V.H.P Wins NC Bridge Painting Project

V.H.P Enterprises, Inc. of Tarpon Springs, FL was awarded a contract of $3,069,000 by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to recoat the Manns Harbor Bridge.


EPA Fines Painter for Failing to Disclose Lead Risk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken the rare step of fining a San Francisco based painting contractor $10,000 for failing to disclose information about lead-based paint ...


EPA Expands Training, Sets Fees for Lead-Safe Work

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a new series of training courses to provide instruction to individuals seeking certification as a renovator or dust sampling technician...


RI Judge Orders Restitution to Paint Companies

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