EPA Raises Lead Paint Awareness in Philly
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 EPA says that it’s pairing with local partners to bring to light exposure risk in an area with many old homes.
"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).