October 17 - October 25, 2015

Who should be responsible for paying for lead-based paint abatement?

Answers Votes
Homeowner or landlord 69%
Former lead-based paint manufacturers 17%
The government 9%
Other, please specify 5%
Tenant 0%

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Tagged categories: Lead; Lead paint abatement; Maintenance + Renovation; North America

Comment from Catherine Brooks of Eco-Strip, (10/21/2015, 1:50 PM)

Unfortunately, the root cause of the problem is the paint manufacturers who knew the toxicity of their products but are denying their culpability in our modern courts. Now, the burdens fall on the people who likely were not aware of the insidious toxic materials in their buildings when they purchased them decades ago.

Comment from Jeff Laikind, (10/23/2015, 9:21 AM)

It's amazing how the constitutional prohibition on Ex Post Facto laws somehow gets ignored when it comes to toxic materials.

Comment from M. Halliwell, (10/26/2015, 10:53 AM)

Just like in the environmental field, buying a house requires a fair bit of caveat emptor -> buyer beware. What was legal and commonplace in the past may not be acceptable today. From the environmental side: If you buy a former gas station and find out it leaked afterwards, you're on the hook for the clean-up...you can try to sue after the fact, but it doesn't mean you'll get anywhere. Same thing with lead and asbestos...they may have been legal products installed per manufacturer's directions in the past that have since been shown to be "bad"...still your problem to abate and then you can possibly try to recover your costs. Shades of the whole cigarette debate...we know they are toxic and that they cause massive health issues and death...but they are a legal product and people keep using them.

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