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EPA Announces New Lead Paint Enforcement

At the beginning of the month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to hold property management companies responsible for lead-based paint safety requirements.


Study: Microplastic Paint Abundant in Ocean

A study conducted by the University of Plymouth and the Marine Biological Association (MBA) observed that paint flakes could be one of the most abundant types of microplastic particles found...


EPA Launches Lead-Safe Training Program

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched a new training initiative, Enhancing Lead-Safe Work Practices through Education and Outreach, in Southern California communities.


Coalition Announced to Quantify, Locate Lead Pipes

At the end of September, Google announced that it was awarding $3 million in grants to the BlueConduit Charitable Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the We Act for Environmental...


NJ Bill Passed to Replace Lead Pipes

Recently, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a new bill into law, requiring that hundreds of public water systems in the state have their inventories taken for lead pipes so that the inf...


Sessions, Roundtables Planned for LCRR

In a recent announcement, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a schedule of upcoming public listening sessions and roundtables regarding its Lead and Copper Rule Revisions.


EPA Seeks Comments on Lead, Copper Rule

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would be extending the effective date of the Revised Lead and Copper Rule so that the agency could further seek public i...


EPA Settles with TX Reno Show Over Lead Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled with Flipnmove Production and EQ media, Inc., over alleged violations of lead paint exposure regulations affiliated with one of the compa...


EPA Announces Final Lead Abatement Rule

At the end of last month, the EPA announced the final rule to lower the clearance levels for the amount of lead that can remain in dust on floors and windowsills after lead abatement.


Clariant Commits to Global Lead Paint Elimination

Specialty chemicals company Clariant has announced that it is helping to accelerating the global phase-out of lead-based paint. The move was prompted by the eighth International Lead Poisoni...


Philippine Association: Lead Phase-Out Complete

The EcoWaste Coalition, along with the Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers announced earlier this month that the phase-out of all lead-containing paints in the Philippines used for...


EPA Releases Lead Progress Report

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week by releasing a Progress Report on the Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and A...


EPA Proposes Lead and Copper Rule Amendment

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule amendment that would be the first significant overhaul of the Lead and Copper Rule since 1991, a proposal that bo...


EPA Talks Lead for Children's Health Month

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler recently participated in the Mid-Atlantic Lead Forum, to discuss the agency’s “Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood L...


NYC Schools See Paint Inspections, Remediation

Early last month over 1,800 children’s classrooms in New York City were reported to have been contaminated with hazardous, deteriorated lead paint.


EPA Settles with CA Firms Over Lead Paint

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday that it has settled with five Southern California-based construction firms for violations of the Renovation, Repair and Painting...


Notre Dame Construction Resumes After Lead Scare

After experiencing an operational shut down due to lead contamination concerns, construction at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has reportedly resumed with stricter decontamination measure...


EPA Sets New Lead Standard

Last Friday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced new standards for lead, spec...


Professors Win Grant for Study of Anti-Corrosion Additive

Following the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority planning to use orthophosphate as a corrosion control measure for lead pipes, two professors from the University of Pittsburgh have receive...


Pittsburgh Water to Use Pipe Additive

In order to address corrosion in lead pipes, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority recently began opening street hydrants and flushing water mains in the anticipation of adding orthophosp...


$50M EPA Program to Look at Lead Exposure

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently proposed a new $50-million grant program to expand the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget efforts to protect children in an ...


EPA Settles with CA Firms Over Lead Paint

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced earlier this week that it has settled with two California construction firms for lead paint violations, reaching nearly $50,000 in penaltie...


Pittsburgh Water Authority Charged Over Lead

On Friday (Feb. 1), Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed 161 criminal charges against the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority, alleging that the authority had failed to notify res...


Additive Could Help SC Town's Drinking Water

The city of Belton, South Carolina, recently revealed that elevated levels of lead had been found in some homes’ drinking water during a few-month monitoring period. To combat the issue, the...


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:...


Cleanup Battle Brewing at Bay Bridge Site

Five years after the new Bay Bridge eastern span opened in San Francisco, bridge-painting waste is at the center of a budding conflict over continuing site cleanup.


WI Shipyard Settles First Lead Exposure Suit

A Wisconsin shipyard has settled one of a number of lawsuits filed in the past two years by workers alleging they were exposed to lead hazards in violation of workplace-safety regulations.


Paint Companies Accused of Dodging Lead Claims

Milwaukee’s mayor and an attorney representing more than 100 children are accusing paint companies of trying to dodge the blame for the city’s lead poisoning cases and the millions of dollar...


CA High Court Refuses Review of Lead Case

In an ongoing saga out of California, a high court judge once again rejected requests from paint companies that have been ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to remove lead paint ...


CA Voters Could Be Paying for Lead Remediaton

Despite a state appeals court decision last November, Californians’ fight over who would pay for lead paint remediation is far from over. That’s because the three companies who were ordered ...


NY State Orders MTA Lead-Paint Study

Months after a painters union expressed concerns about lead paint chips falling from New York City’s elevated train stations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week signed a piece of legislation requir...


Report: Shipyard Workers Exposed to Toxins

A new investigative report from a Seattle-area television news program alleges that civilian workers at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility were exposed to toxin...


Paint Companies Argue Lead Paint Appeal

Three current and former paint-industry companies are arguing their appeal in hopes of reversing a $1.15 billion judgment in the state of California that would require an abatement of contam...


WI Shipyard Faces More Lead-Exposure Suits

The fallout from the 2016 lead exposure incident at a Wisconsin shipyard continues, as new lawsuits were filed Wednesday on behalf of 43 workers.


University Study Confirms Flint Corrosion Story

A study headed up by University of Michigan researchers appears to have confirmed what was long suspected about the source of heightened lead levels in the city of Flint’s drinking water: Th...


Judge Allows Flint Suit to Move Forward

A lawsuit alleging that officials with the City of Flint and the state of Michigan knowingly exposed residents to lead hazards in the city’s drinking water will go forward, according to a fe...


Fresno Residents Sue Over Pipe Corrosion

A second group of citizens has filed suit against the City of Fresno, California, alleging that the local government did not protect them from corrosion and the leaching of lead and other co...


Federal Agencies Ramp Up Home Depot Probe

Atlanta-based home improvement company The Home Depot faces investigations and fines in at least three states after its contractors allegedly mishandled the removal of lead paint.


WI Shipyard Faces Fines After Burn Incident

A Wisconsin shipyard that made headlines last year after exposing workers to lead and other hazards has settled with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over another case, in w...


EPA to Hold Meetings on TSCA, Asbestos, Lead

Those who wish to give their input on the regulations put into place regarding the Toxic Substances Control Act have until Thursday (April 27) to register.


OSHA Fines OH Bridge Painter $25K

Federal regulators have settled with an Ohio-based bridge-painting contractor over alleged violations uncovered during blasting operations last fall, cutting an original proposed fine of nea...


Trump's Budget Would Cut EPA Lead Programs

Environmental Protection Agency officials are proposing to eliminate two programs that are focused on limiting children’s exposure to lead paint, according to an internal memo obtained by Th...


EPA, Sherwin-Williams Settle Cleanup Case

The Sherwin-Williams Company will be picking up a $14 million tab for the Route 561 Dump site cleanup in Gibbsboro, New Jersey, authorities have announced.


President Proposes Cuts to EPA

The federal agency responsible for environmental protection efforts, enforcing lead-based paint renovation laws, and regulating chemicals found in paints and coatings would see a 31 percent ...


Bill to Expand Lead Testing Rules

A California lawmaker has introduced a bill that would alter the state’s Health and Safety Code and require all children ages 6 months to 6 years be tested for lead poisoning.


PG&E Embarks on Lead Paint-Removal Project

Pacific Gas & Electric, the country’s largest utility, is addressing the problem of lead paint on transmission towers, with a project that will see thousands of towers repainted.


Lead Paint Work Draws RRP Fines

Twelve California renovation contractors recently faced tens of thousands of dollars in fines for failing to abide by federal lead-based paint rules.


Lead Elevated in Most of Shipyard’s Workers

Nearly three-quarters of the workers on a ship refurbishing job in Wisconsin last year had elevated blood lead levels, according to findings released by Wisconsin and Minnesota health offici...


Report: Lead Poisoning ‘Off the Charts’ in U.S.

“Nearly 3,000 areas in the U.S. have lead poisoning rates at least double those in Flint [MI] during the peak of that city’s contamination crisis,” a new report finds.


Shipyard Settles with OSHA for $700K

After facing a proposed $1.4 million in federal worker-safety fines related to lead exposure, Wisconsin-based Fraser Shipyards has settled with authorities for $700,000 in penalties, along w...


Flint Crisis Sparks More Felony Charges

Four more officials are facing charges over the state and city response to the drinking-water crisis in Flint, MI, after the state’s attorney general announced a new round of legal actions T...


CA Firm Enters Lead Safety Settlement

A California company that specializes in coatings and window installation has settled with government regulators over alleged failure to employ federally mandated lead-safety practices.


Eiffel Tower Strike Tied to Paint Concerns

An upcoming paint job appears to be at the center of a strike that has kept the landmark Eiffel Tower closed to the public for two days.


Congress OKs Water Infrastructure Bill

The U.S. Congress has passed water infrastructure legislation that includes provisions to fund emergency repairs to the drinking water system in Flint, MI, and to perform work that will impr...


Suit Aims to Help Lead Paint Victims

A national structured-settlement-factoring company has once again been accused of swindling lead-based paint poisoning victims into signing away future settlements in exchange for significan...


UN Spotlights Lead Paint in Kenya

Public health officials are out to educate those in developing countries about the effects of lead exposure and poisoning.


Lead Reports Prompt Calls for Action

A group of state lawmakers from the Philadelphia area are calling for increased investments to help combat lead paint that remains in older houses in that city and beyond.


UN Agency Targets Lead Paint in Kenya

While many countries have programs and regulations in place to protect their citizens from the effects of lead poisoning, public health officials are now striving to educate those in develop...


Report: EPA Failed to Act Swiftly on Flint

An internal investigation has concluded that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should have acted months earlier to warn residents of Flint, MI, of lead contamination in their drinking...


Lead Paint Bloats Mural Costs, Timeline

Transforming a transit bridge into a work of public art turned into more than one metropolitan Atlanta city bargained for after lead paint was revealed to exist on the structure.


State Rep Alleges Lead Dust at Bridge Site

A Maine legislator is calling for the cancellation of contracts with a bridge-painting contractor after an independent soil study allegedly showed evidence that lead paint dust was not being...


Exposed Lead Paint Tainted Drinking Water

A small town in eastern Virginia is the site of a brewing controversy over a water tank that was allegedly exposing residents to lead—even a year after the dangers were first uncovered.


EPA Busts Sears on Lead Safety

The home-improvement arm of one of the United States’ largest retailers has settled with the federal government over allegations it failed to ensure that its contractors were following lead-...


Senate Passes Bill to Fund Flint Fixes

A $9 billion water infrastructure bill passed the U.S. Senate late last week, with hundreds of millions allocated for improvements to systems in Flint, MI, and other cities with potentially ...


CA City Bans Use of Galvanized Pipes

Fresno is the latest California city to ban the use of galvanized water pipes in new construction and major renovation amid fears of corrosion and drinking-water contamination.


Pigeons Track Lead Dangers

A much maligned feathered city-dweller may deserve a second look, according to researchers who say pigeons could be the key to tracking lead exposure in children.


EPA Crackdown Leads to Lead Safety Fines

A number of contractors in Denver and North Dakota are facing fines for violating federal law regarding work done on older buildings that might contain lead paint.


Housing Official Accused of Bribery

A former Cleveland nonprofit housing official and two contractors face federal charges in a case involving cash bribes and improper lead-based paint abatement at several renovation projects....


Railcar Factory Faces $105K OSHA Bill

A major manufacturer of railcars and equipment in the U.S. faces $105,000 in fines after allegedly exposing painters and other workers to unsafe levels of dangerous chemicals, including lead...


Limiting Lead: A Global Issue

The vast majority of developing countries do not have regulations governing the amount of lead in paints, according to a new study.


Worker Sues Shipyard for Lead Exposure

Alleging exposure to toxic levels of lead while refurbishing a freighter, a shipyard worker has filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin facility where work was performed earlier this year.


Flint Residents Take EPA to Task

Just days after the first criminal charges were filed against three city and government officials associated with the Flint water crisis, a Royal Oak, MI, law firm has filed a complaint agai...


OSHA: Workers ‘Willfully Exposed’ to Lead

A Michigan painting company with a history of safety violations faces $121,880 in penalties for allegedly exposing workers to lead on a Pennsylvania worksite while removing paint from water ...


Lead Paint Complaint Halts Shipyard Job

The confirmed presence of lead paint in a Wisconsin shipyard has halted all work on one vessel while removal of the source is underway.


EPA Eases Certification Rules Under RRP

Lead-safe training requirements under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule have been eased, the EPA announced Feb. 10.


Officials Probe Lead-Safe Reports

Maryland residents who thought their homes were safe from lead paint might not be certain anymore.


EPA Takes Over Lead Testing in Flint

In what has become a national crisis over localized contaminated drinking water, the federal Environmental Protection Agency said it would be taking over water testing and ordering an indepe...


Feds Help Flint in Water Crisis

The National Guard is delivering bottles of water in a Michigan community that has been plagued with lead coming out of its taps, a problem that could cost more than $1.5 billion to fix.


Utility Addresses Lead Paint Concerns

Residents of a California town are sounding an alarm about the dangers of flaking lead-based paint in their neighborhood. However, unlike so many others regarding lead-based paint, those con...


Retailer Changes Vinyl Flooring Policy

Lumber Liquidators has teamed up with a chemical safety campaign to ensure it sells vinyl flooring made without reprocessed plastic.


Six Settle Lead Paint Claims With EPA

Six companies in Connecticut have paid more than $92,000 in fines and like-kind environmental projects to settle claims that they violated the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead paint ru...


Flint Families Sue over Toxic Water

Four families have filed a lawsuit against 14 Michigan officials claiming they replaced safe water with water that was “dangerous, unsafe and…inadequately treated.”


Improper Paint Storage Spurs EPA Fines

An Alaskan construction company has agreed to pay the federal Environmental Protection Agency $140,000 to settle allegations that it improperly handled and stored hazardous paint and roofing...


EPA Settles 75 Lead Paint Cases

The Environmental Protection Agency entered into 75 settlements in the past year with contractors who failed to follow the federal lead paint guidelines.


Call for Resignation Amid Water Woes

A corroded drinking water supply crisis in Flint, MI, has one group asking for the resignation of the state's environmental director and others demanding further investigation into the matte...


Landlord Gets Probation for Lead Fraud

A Massachusetts property manager has been sentenced to five years of probation after he pleaded guilty to falsifying two lead inspection reports for his properties, one of which was rented t...


States, Cities Win Grants to Remove Lead

More than $101 million in federal funding has been awarded to 32 cities, counties and state governments to combat lead-based paint.


Corrosion Affects City Water Supply

The city of Flint, MI, has a problem with severe iron and lead corrosion in its water distribution system. Marc Edwards, an expert on municipal water quality, is seeking ways to address the ...


Property Owner to Pay Fine, Abate Lead

A California real estate company has reached a settlement with federal authorities after it failed to notify tenants of the presence of lead paint in some of its rental properties.


NJ Lead Paint Bill Riles Retailers

Legislators in New Jersey are trying to make retailers more responsible about informing customers of the dangers of lead-based paint removal.


Bridge Painting, Blasting Cited Again

FALL RIVER, MA—Bridge painters and abrasive blasters on a Massachusetts project were exposed to 100-foot falls and high lead levels where they ate, changed and worked, federal investigators ...


Sisters to Share $3.8M Lead Award

For the fourth time in two months, a Baltimore jury has returned a seven-figure judgment against a Baltimore landlord for lifelong health injuries suffered by a tenant exposed to lead paint ...


Landlord to Pay $1.6M to Lead Victim

A Baltimore landlord has been ordered to pay $1.6 million to a 21-year-old who suffered permanent health problems from lead-paint exposure as a young child.


Jury Awards $2.1M in Lead Paint Suit

A Baltimore jury has awarded more than $2 million to a 17-year-old youth who suffered permanent brain damage after exposure to lead paint as a toddler.


Lead Rule for Public Projects Advances

U.S. regulators continue to build their case for lead-safe mandates on public and commercial projects, with the release of a draft methodology for analyzing exposures.


Commercial Lead Plan Inches Forward

Moving slowly but steadily toward a lead rule for renovation of commercial and public buildings, federal regulators have released an approach for estimating lead exposures during those proje...


Abrasive Blasting Draws 17 Citations

Allegations of worker overexposure to lead and silica as well as other health hazards have landed a Connecticut abrasive blasting contractor in trouble with federal authorities.


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.


CA May Cut Lead Limits Again

California regulators say they are taking a closer look at 30-year-old standards concerning work-related exposure of lead.


CA Eyes Major Lead Level Changes

California regulators are moving closer to slashing lead exposure limits for workers, calling the current standards outdated and harmful to human health.


Accident Burns 7 at Site of OSHA Critic

A foundry owner critical of federal health and safety regulations is now dealing with a horrific workplace accident that sprayed his workers with molten metal.


Window Maker Settles RRP Case

A Pennsylvania window manufacturer and installer will pay a $25,690 civil penalty to settle allegations that it failed to comply with federal lead-safe regulations.


Blasting Contractor Cited for Lead

An Illinois contractor is facing nearly $47,000 in fines for allegedly exposing its abrasive blasters to lead paint, federal officials say.


Google Firm to Rehab U.S. Hangar One

Deadlocked over a seven-figure coating bill, two federal agencies have decided to Google a solution.


Boston Landlords Face Lead Fines

Two Boston-area housing providers accused of skirting both lead-paint disclosure laws and rental laws regarding families have agreed to sanctions and fines to resolve lead and discrimination...


Public Housing Gets $1.4M Lead Cleanup

Hundreds of tons of lead-laced soil has been removed from a public housing complex in Newark, NJ, after a $1.4 million, year-long effort by the Environmental Protection Agency and partners.


Lobbyist Fined $10k for Lead Violations

A Maryland “super-lobbyist” with a checkered past has agreed to pay a reduced fine of $10,000 for lead-paint violations at two rowhouses he owns in Annapolis, the state Department of the Env...


Ship Blasting Sparks Fire, Toxic Fumes

Lead- and arsenic-laced smoke sent 16 San Diego shipyard workers to the hospital after a fire started during abrasive blasting operations Thursday (Nov. 21), officials said.


PCBs: The Next Building Liability Wave?

First, lead paint; then, asbestos. Next: PCBs? The legacy of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), once common in a wide variety of building materials, may be the next public health hazard confr...


Lead Lawsuits Push Firm to Bankruptcy

Soaring legal expenses from more than 70 active lead-paint cases and previous judgments have driven a large affordable-housing management business in Maryland to file for bankruptcy.


Machine Shop Cited for Lead Exposure

An industrial parts manufacturer is facing $188,300 in proposed penalties after workers were allegedly exposed to lead, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said.


MA Contractor Cited for Sub’s Lapses

A Massachusetts contractor faces a $28,125 federal fine for alleged lead hazards created by a window subcontractor on a historic renovation project in Maine.


Experts Testify in CA Lead Suit

Expert testimony about poisoned children and pricey cleanups has dominated the country’s last public nuisance case against five former makers of lead-based paint.


Sand Coating, 3D Tech Make the Grade

A naturally occurring coating that would enable sand to clean water pollutants and 3D technology that creates printable building components are among seven award-winning solutions developed ...


Commercial Contractor Settles Lead Case

A Kansas-based commercial general contractor and renovator has been slapped with a $27,286 fine for failing to use lead-safe work practices during a renovation project in Kansas City, MO.


SSPC Seeks Input on New Lead Rules

SSPC is recruiting data and reports from its members on federal regulators' plan to expand lead-safe rules to commercial and public-works projects.


Coating Group Marshals Lead Data

Preparing to weigh in on a federal plan to expand lead-safe regulations to commercial and public projects, SSPC is soliciting member data on the potential impact of such rules.


Nebraska Renovator Settles Lead Case

A Nebraska window and siding contractor will pay a $6,188 fine to settle allegations that it violated federal lead-paint disclosure rules, under a new settlement agreement.


 
 
   

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