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EPA Raises Lead Paint Awareness in Philly

Monday, October 29, 2018

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last Thursday (Oct. 25) that it’s on a mission to raise awareness of its lead-based paint rules in one of the oldest cities in the country: Philadelphia.

The Project

The EPA says that it’s pairing with local partners to bring to light exposure risk in an area with many old homes.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last Thursday (Oct. 25) that it’s on a mission to raise awareness of its lead-based paint rules in one of the oldest cities in the country: Philadelphia.

"By educating the public about the dangers of lead paint and increasing awareness of lead paint rules, we can help reduce lead poisoning in children,"  said EPA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio.

“This initiative is a focused effort with our local counterparts to reduce lead exposure in Philadelphia, where there is a large amount of older housing stock with lead paint that has not been removed.”

The agency says it’s partnering with other federal agencies, city officials and independent non-profit organizations to raise awareness and enforce several of its rules.

Outreach efforts include in-person meetings, distributing technical assistance information, visits to paint/hardware stores, awareness training for city inspectors and providing information to contractors/renovators and property management firms, the EPA notes. Information is also provided to daycare centers, as well as childcare- and healthcare-focused organizations.

The agency is bringing awareness about its Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (which requires that those working on pre-1978 housing be trained by an EPA-accredited training provider, be employed by a certified firm, use the required work practices to control exposure to lead/lead dust and provide information on the rule to owner and tenants) as well as its Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Rule (which requires owners of residential rental properties and sellers of residential properties built before 1978 to disclose known information on lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before a lease or sale becomes enforceable).

   

Tagged categories: Lead; Lead; Lead Disclosure Rule; Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP); Lead rule; Maintenance + Renovation; North America

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