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Digester Tank Project Causes Lead Contamination

Port of Bellingham officials in Washington have confirmed that, earlier this week, lead paint from a recent refurbishing project on the port’s “rocket ship” digester tanks has contaminated l...


HUD Opportunity Opens for Lead Paint Hazards

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has released $90 million in funding to reduce lead-based paint and other residential health hazards for low-income families.


Caltrans Planning Lead Cleanup Project

The California Department of Transportation has unveiled plans to clean up soil contaminated with lead shavings left from painting work done on the Salmon Creek Bridge in Albion, California,...


$175K Settlement Reached in NY Lead Paint Case

A Syracuse, New York, landlord has been ordered to pay $175,000 after at least 11 children were poisoned due to lead-based paint hazards at his rental properties.


Painting Contract Awarded for IL Bridges

The Illinois Department of Transportation has awarded a contract in the amount of $1,109,543.99 for cleaning and coating three existing structures along Interstate 55 near Chenoa and Pontiac...


NY Landlord Settles Lead Paint Hazards Lawsuit

Last week, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a settlement-in-principle agreement with a Syracuse landlord who failed to address lead-based paint hazards at his rental propert...


University Develops Lead Paint Identification Method

Last week, a team from Mercer University reported that it has created a faster, less expensive method to identify and quantify lead in new paint.


TV Show Contractor Settles Lead Paint Violations

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached a settlement agreement with a Bella Vista, Arkansas, contractor following lead-based paint violations on an HGTV renovatio...


Contract Awarded for KY Bridge Maintenance

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded a contract in the amount of $7,768,484.85 for cleaning and coating of 13 existing bridge structures along Gene Snyder Freeway in Jefferson Cou...


Las Vegas Offering Free Lead Paint Remediation

The City of Las Vegas has recently revealed that it will be offering free lead-hazard assessments and remediation for eligible residents and property owners, in an effort to improve health a...


Contract Awarded for VT Bridge Repainting

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has awarded a contract in the amount of $32,677,624.45 for cleaning and coating of an existing bridge structure along I-89 in Royalton.


MN Court Orders Rental Lead Paint Remediation

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has recently won a motion in court, requiring a defendant in an ongoing lawsuit against one of Minnesota’s largest landlords to stop exposing its ten...


Contract Awarded for AR Bridge Maintenance

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has awarded a contract in the amount of $180,787,344.73 for construction and painting of bridge structures on Highway 612 in Washington and...


NY Lead Paint Landlord Sentenced to Probation

A Buffalo, New York, landlord who has pled guilty on charges regarding lead paint has avoided jail time after a sentencing hearing at the beginning of the week.


Contract Awarded for AR Bridge Upgrades

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has awarded a contract in the amount of $116,993,040.13 for construction and coating of one beam bridge structure, as well as widening and ...


ME Companies Settle EPA Lead Paint Fines

At the end of last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached a settlement with two Maine-based companies that had reportedly violated lead-based paint disclosure requirements.


Contract Awarded for CT Bridge Repair

The Town of Simsbury, Connecticut, has awarded a contract in the amount of $2,650,000 for cleaning, coating and repairs to Flower Bridge, which carries Old Bridge Road over the Farmington Ri...


Contract Awarded for KY Bridge Repairs

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded a contract in the amount of $4,588,222.35 for cleaning, coating and repairs on the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, which carries I-471 over Ohio R...


MassDOT Plans Bridge Replacement Process

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has released a Request for Proposals to obtain a transportation planning and engineering consultant team for the replacement of the Tobin Bridg...


Contract Awarded for AR Bridge Painting

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has awarded a contract in the amount of $33,534,357.66 for the painting and coating of two existing bridge structures on Highways 13 and 31...


MassDOT Begins Bridge Lead Mitigation Efforts

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has reportedly begun mitigation efforts for toxic lead paint chips that have been falling from the Tobin Bridge in Boston.


Second Largest Civil Lead Rule Penalty Issued

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, alongside the Environmental Protection Agency, recently filed a civil lawsuit against a general contractor for violations of...


Study: Segregation Contributes to Lead Risks

A recently published study has concluded that young black children living in racially segregated U.S. neighborhoods face a heightened risk of potentially brain-damaging lead exposure.


Lead Violations Corrected in 5K NY Apartments

At the beginning of the month, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that hundreds of lead paint violations in more than 5,000 apartments, among other concerns, have been successfully enf...


Report: NYCHA Contests Lead Paint Violations

A recent investigation by CBS New York has found the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) was found to have contested more lead paint violations from the city’s health department than all...


Contract Awarded for WA Bridge Rehab

The Washington State Department of Transportation has awarded a contract in the amount of $20,650,402 for painting and repairs to three existing bridge structures along State Route 529 over ...


Court Urged to Reverse Sherwin Lead Ruling

According to reports, insurers for The Sherwin-Williams Company have urged the Ohio Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that dictated carriers owe coverage for a $305 million lead ...


EPA, HUD Seeking Lead Paint Workshop Presenters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are looking for presenters for a virtual public workshop to receive input on the detection, ...


EPA Proposes Improving Lead Paint Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a proposal to strengthen requirements for the removal of lead-based paint hazards to protect against childhood lead exposure.


Contract Awarded for IA Bridge Rehabilitation

The Iowa Department of Transportation has awarded a contract in the amount of $6,486,816.53 for coating and rehabilitation to various existing bridge structures in Cerro Gordo, Dubuque, Hami...


MassDOT Gives Update on Chipping Lead Paint

On Wednesday (June 28), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation held a public meeting to hear residents’ concerns and give updates about the next steps being taken after lead paint ch...


Contract Awarded for NJ Bridge Repairs

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has awarded a contract in the amount of $2,616,989.25 for coating and rehabilitation over an existing access road bridge structure over Toms River...


MD Residents Sue Over Lead Paint Chips

Property owners in Woodberry, Baltimore, have filed a class-action lawsuit against local television stations after lead paint chips began to fall from one of their broadcast towers.


NY Carousel Reopens After Lead Paint Remediation

An antique carousel in Greenport, New York, recently reopened after testing revealed that the attraction contained lead paint, possibly from its original coating work a century ago.


WisDOT Awards Bridge Rehab Contract

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has awarded a contract in the amount of $6,132,176.51 for concrete sealing and rehabilitation to several existing bridge structures along State Hig...


Brooklyn Residents Rally for Lead Paint Action

According to reports, lead paint chips falling off of elevated subway tracks in Brooklyn, New York, have tested “substantially above” federal legal concentration limits.


Report: Lead Paint Peeling Off CT Bridges

The Connecticut Department of Transportation believes extreme temperature swings have caused a “sudden, unexpected” release of lead-based paint chips on bridges across the state.


NY Water Tower Scheduled for Demolition

An almost 100-year-old water tower in Kenmore, New York, has been scheduled to be demolished this spring. Village officials report that the removal of lead paint on the structure could begin...


MI Water Tower Repair Project Gets OK

The Portage City Council in Michigan recently approved two contracts totaling $919,100 to go towards the rehabilitation, construction and engineering of the Haverhill Water Tower.


White House Unveils New Lead Removal Initiatives

Last week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced new actions and progress to deliver clean drinking water, replace lead pipes and remediate lead paint based on the Lead Pipe and Paint Ac...


Renovators, Contractors Fined for Paint Violations

As a result of being found in violation of lead-based paint safety regulations, 22 residential home renovators and contractors from Idaho and Washington recently settled with the U.S. Enviro...


NY Landlord Arraigned for Lead Violations

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office recently announced the arraignment of Carrie A. Preischel of Boston, New York, for exposing a tenant to unsafe levels of lead paint.


EPA Reducing Lead Exposure with RRP Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working to reduce childhood lead exposure through improved compliance with the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.


OH Panel Asked to Review Lead Coverage

Following the reverse and remand of an Ohio Supreme Court decision on Sept. 7, the Eighth Appellate District in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has been asked by a group of insurers to reconsider its...


EPA, RI Company Reach Lead Settlement

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had reached a settlement with a corporation out of Rhode Island for alleged violations of the Lead Renovation,...


Chicago Lead Painted Viaducts Water Blasted

Viaducts along Central Park in Chicago have reportedly been water blasted by city crews just months after reports of testing found that the paint contains lead levels hundreds of times highe...


OH Court Issues Order for $101M Lead Case

On Thursday, the Eighth Appellate District in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, found that a previous order requiring The Sherwin-Williams Company to pay $101 million into a lead paint abatement fund a...


MS City Launches Lead Paint Safety Initiative

The City of Hattiesburg in Mississippi has recently introduced a new program for lead-based paint hazard inspection and assessment safety training, as well as lead abatement.


Lead Abatement Scholarships Offered in MI

To support lead-based paint removal in the City of Benton Harbor and across the state, last week the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced that it was providing ...


Paint Work Nearly Complete on IN Water Tower

Repainting and repairs are being finished on a water tower in Albion, Indiana, after nearly two months of work.


Army Corps Seeking Bids for VA Bridge Repaint

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, requires a contract to clean and repaint girders and support members on the John H. Kerr Spillway Bridge located in Boydton, Virginia.


HUD Announces $520M for Lead Paint Protections

On Friday (June 17), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced that the Department had made $520 million in funding available to better prote...


RI Bridge Using ARPA Funds for Repaint

A historic railroad trestle bridge in Coventry, Rhode Island, will be receiving a fresh coat of paint thanks to funds received from the American Rescue Plan Act.


EPA Awards Over $250M in Brownfields Grants

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the award of $254.5 million in Brownfields Grants to 265 communities, including four grants totaling $1.6 million across Puerto ...


$101M Lead Settlement Gets Conflicting Ruling

Just weeks after a New York ruling, the California First Division Court of Appeal ruled on April 19 that Lloyd’s of London and other carriers that insured W.P. Fuller & Co. would not be liab...


Insurers Liable for Over $100M Lead Settlement

At the end of March, the First Judicial Department of the New York Appellate Division ruled that Lloyd’s of London and other insurers were liable to pay over $100 million into a California a...


Cleveland Landlords Pushed to be Lead Safe

While several years have passed since Cleveland City Council passed a law mandating the obtainment of lead-safe certificates for rental properties, landlords and property owners now only hav...


Historic Mill Building Restored with Sponge Media

Global manufacturer of dry, low dust, recyclable abrasive blasting media and related equipment, Sponge-Jet (Newington, New Hampshire) was recently reported to have played a role in remediati...


Contract for Veterans Memorial Bridge Awarded

A contract in the amount of $7,496,014.10 has been made to Freyssinet, LLC of Sterling, Virginia by the West Virginia Department of Transportation for rehabilitation of the Weirton-Steubenvi...


Contractors Wanted for Clemente Bridge Rehab

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of the Sixth Street (Roberto Clemente) Bridge located in Pittsburgh.


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.


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...


TX Bridge Rehabilitation Out for Bid

The City of Waco, Texas, is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of the structural foundations, anchorages and concrete deck of the Waco Suspension Bridge over the Brazos River in W...


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...


FL Bridge Rehabilitation Work Up for Rebid

The City of Tampa is rebidding a project for the rehabilitation and coating of the Davis Islands Bridge in Hillsborough County, Florida.


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.


Mackinac Bridge Gets New Paint Job, Scaffolding

For the first time in the structure’s history the Mackinac Bridge’s towers are being stripped to bare metal and repainted. What also makes this project unique is the award-winning scaffoldin...


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...


NJ Bridge Rehabilitation Work Awarded

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has awarded a $2,971,705.67 contract to perform deck replacement on Bridge CR 607 over Route 295 in Gloucester County, New Jersey, to South State,...


Companies Settle in 19-Year-Long CA Lead Case

A nearly 20-year-old court battle ended earlier this month when three manufacturers agreed to a $305 million settlement in a lead paint case out of California.


$238.30M Brooklyn Bridge Contract Awarded

The City of New York recently awarded a contract in the amount of $238.3M to Navillus/MLJ, a joint venture, for the rehabilitation of approach arches and towers on the Brooklyn Bridge in New...


George Washington Bridge Repainting Out for Bid

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is seeking contractors to performing rehabilitation and recoating of the underside and lower level of the George Washington Bridge located in Ne...


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...


NJ Bridge Deck Replacement Out for Bid

The New Jersey Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform deck replacement on bridge CR 607 over Route 295 in Gloucester County, New Jersey.


Phase Two of Betsy Ross Bridge Painting Awarded

The Delaware River Port Authority has awarded a contract in the amount of $22,500,218.50 to Allied Painting Inc. of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, to perform coating and steel repairs of the Betsy...


$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 ...


Betsy Ross Bridge Painting Work Out for Bid

The Delaware River Port Authority is seeking contractors interested in performing the second phase of coating and steel repairs on the Betsy Ross Bridge Thru-Truss Spans in Pennsauken Townsh...


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...


Peace Bridge Recoating Out for Bid

The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority is seeking contractors to prequalify for a project involving coating the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, New York.


NYC Seeks Contractors for Bridge Work

The City of New York is seeking contractors for rehabilitation of approaches and towers on the Brooklyn Bridge located in the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York.


$2.3M OR Bridge Coating Job Awarded

The Oregon Department of Transportation has awarded a contract in the amount of $2,342,995 for the coating of the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Oregon, to Certified Coatings Co, of Fairfiel...


Supreme Court Denies CA Lead Paint Case

Last week, the Supreme Court rejected hearing the appeal of a ruling that requires paint manufacturers to pay more than $400 million for lead-paint remediation in several municipalities in C...


Groups Ask SCOTUS to Review CA Lead Case

The Association of National Advertisers and Atlanta Legal Foundation, a public interest law firm, have filed a “friend of the court” brief has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the lea...


Report: Military Bases Ignored Lead Hazards

A recent investigative report conducted by Reuters about lead levels in children who live on military bases has led to a cleanup effort at one of the most well-known sites: Fort Knox.


CA Lead Paint Ballot Measure Scrapped

On the day of the deadline to withdraw initiatives from California’s November ballot, manufacturers involved in a yearslong lead paint dispute did just that last Thursday, spiking plans for ...


EPA Proposes New Dust-Lead Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released late last week (June 22) a proposal to lower the dust-lead hazard standards. The public has 45 days from the proposal’s release to comment o...


CA Lead Paint Case Reaches Partial Settlment

One of the three companies in an ongoing legal battle in California has settled a lawsuit involving lead paint. NL Industries Inc., formerly known as National Lead Co., reached a $60 million...


Fond du Lac Bypass Bridge Contract Awarded

Northeast Asphalt Inc. has been awarded a $4,272,425.59 project by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for rehabilitation of the Fond du Lac Bypass Bridge, located in Fond du Lac, Wis...


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 ...


Catskill Aqueduct Repair for Bid

The City of New York is seeking contractors for rehabilitation of its Catskill Aqueduct.


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 ...


MD Company to Pay $450K in Lead Paint Case

The office of Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced Monday (Jan. 8) that it had reached an agreement with a company accused of misleading consumers into taking cash buyouts in exch...


Families at CA School Suing Developer

Families at a Los Angeles-area school have filed a lawsuit against a developer saying the noise and dust from the construction will harm students.


NYC Files False Lead Inspection Paperwork

A new report released by the Department of Investigation in New York City claims that the chairwoman of the city’s housing authority knew that agency inspectors were not performing required ...


New D+D In Depth Issue Released

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring four articles on the D+D Elevation Awards winners, the impacts of color and design, gathering paint samples and dealing with lead paint rem...


In Memory: Eagle Industries Founder Phil Calvo

Eagle Industries founder and former SSPC board member Phil Calvo, an integral figure in the development of standards and best practices regarding containment structures for projects involvin...


Demo Permit Review in OR Targets Lead Dust

A Portland, Oregon, commissioner has introduced a new regulation that would tighten rules surrounding the demolition of buildings that test positive for lead paint.


AG, Attorneys Debate Lead Paint Settlements

The Maryland attorney general’s office and attorneys for 100 people injured by lead paint went head-to-head in a hearing on Tuesday to decide who could get the lead-paint victims the restitu...


Houston Contractor Talks Lead Challenges

“Tangibly creative”—that’s how Dan Bawden describes his remodeling profession. “I love driving by a home and saying, ‘I’ve built that,’” he said. “I’ve left my mark in a very tangible way on...


Restorations in Boston Offer Rewarding Results

Ron Peik, like many who work in the realm of paint removal, seems to specialize in tedium. His company, Alpine Environmental, began with a focus in the painstaking task of lead abatement and...


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...


Maine Weighs RRP Rule Expansion

A Maine lawmaker has moved to expand the state's lead renovation safety rules because of the region's high lead poisoning rates and what he believes to be lax enforcement from the Environmen...


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.


Contractors Fined for Violating RRP Rule

Two Denver-area contractors have settled with the federal government over allegations that they violated the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.


NJ Governor Lowers Lead Limit

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed a law that limits the amount of lead allowed in a child’s blood before officials intervene, which may result in more lead-based paint abatement acti...


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.


EPA Tallies Lead Violations for 2016

Contractors, renovators, painters and retailers are among the parties required to pay more than $1 million in penalties for violating lead-based paint safety rules this fiscal year, authorit...


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.


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...


Major Renovation Sees Lead Fines

Two contractors who worked on a major development project in downtown Kansas City, MO, will pay federal fines for violating lead safety rules, according to authorities.


Free eBook Covers Overcoating

When it comes to maintenance painting strategies, overcoating is a solution that can restore both aesthetic and protective properties to a structure without removing and replacing an existin...


Suit Calls for EPA Action on Lead Paint

Seven public health and environmental justice groups have accused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of “unreasonable delay” in its obligation to update lead-based paint and lead dust ...


Flaking Paint Raises Public Health Concerns

Paint reported to be coming off the underside of a New York City overpass has caught the attention of a regional chapter of the painters trade union.


Owner, Contractor Face Hefty Lead Fines

Federal regulators have levied nearly $300,000 in total fines against three New Hampshire companies for allegedly failing to follow lead-based paint regulations at a commercial and residenti...


Shipyard Responds to Lead Paint Warnings

Workers at a Canadian shipyard were allegedly exposed to lead paint hazards, according to the government health and safety officers who performed a site visit earlier this year.


AG Sues Owner Over Lead

The Illinois Attorney General has accused an apartment building owner of failing to fix cracked and peeling lead-based paint after a young child living there had an elevated blood lead level...


Funding Awards for Lead Removal

Fifteen local and state governments across the nation will share in $46.5 million in federal funding to help remove lead-based paint and other health hazards from homes.


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....


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.


Renovation Activities Prompt EPA Fine

A California renovator has been fined nearly $30,000 for failing to comply with federal lead-based paint safety regulations.


HUD to Grant $100M for Lead Removal

The federal government is offering more than $100 million in grants to aid in the elimination of lead-based paint hazards in low-income housing, authorities announced.


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 Issues Guide to School Renovations

The federal government has released a new guide on school building renovations, as the projects often involve cleanup of harmful materials, such as asbestos and lead.


EPA Seeks Comments for RRP Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is inviting feedback on how to create lead testing kits that meet the performance recognition criteria in its Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (R...


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.


Lead Awareness Week to Kick Off

Communities and organizations across the country plan to join the Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban De...


Home Renovator Settles RRP Case

A Missouri renovation company will pay $21,980 civil penalty to settle allegations that it failed to comply with federal lead-safe regulations.


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.


Trump Targets Capitol Dome Restoration

Real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has suggested restoration and painting work on the U.S. Capitol Building may take longer than expected.


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.


Free eBook Tackles Overcoating

As costs associated with bridge rehabilitation have risen, overcoating has become a more common practice in maintenance painting and rehab for bridges and other structures.


EPA Trains Lead-Paint Focus on NE

NASHUA, NH—Part carrot and part stick, a new federal approach to lead-paint enforcement is playing out in New Hampshire.


Billion-Dollar Lead Ruling on Appeal

Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries and ConAgra Grocery Products are trying to reverse a trial judge’s $1.1 billion decision requiring them to remove lead paint from 3.5 million California homes...


Painter Tops Lead Cases with $287k Fine

After a dozen federal health and safety cases in 10 years, including a 14th citation for lead hazards, authorities are sending a Chicago painting contractor a six-figure message.


Bridge Coating Firm Fined for Lead

A Florida-based industrial coatings contractor is facing $58,800 in federal fines after receiving 13 serious citations alleging excessive lead exposures during abrasive blasting.


Report: $50M Diverted from NJ Lead Fund

For the past decade, New Jersey officials have “virtually robbed” some $50 million intended for lead hazard controls in order to pay routine bills and salaries, according to a new investigat...


New Lead Paint Law Keeps MD Busy

Although three years in coming, a sweeping new lead paint law for Maryland landlords has unleashed an avalanche of inquiries to state environmental officials.


Landlords Settle EPA Lead-Paint Case

Two Boston-area landlords have agreed to pay a $10,887 penalty and spend nearly $100,000 on abatement to settle federal allegations involving lead disclosure laws.


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 ...


3rd $1M+ Lead Verdict Returned

For the third time in six weeks, a Baltimore City jury has awarded more than a million dollars to an adult who claimed permanent damage from lead-paint exposure in a childhood home.


Lead Paint Hidden at Chicago School?

Chicago Public School officials may have known for five years about lead-paint contamination at a low-income elementary school without ordering any remediation, according to new documents.


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.


Historic Renovation Draws $107K Fine

A sweeping plan to renovate an abandoned 19th-century textile mill in Connecticut has run seriously afoul of federal health and safety regulators.


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.


Report: Lead Deal Averts Prison Term

A Florida landlord who had been facing decades in prison for lead-paint violations has reached a new deal with prosecutors that may give him probation only, reports say.


WV Bidding 3 Major Bridge Jobs

Two bridge coating contracts and one rehabilitation contract are all available for bidding from the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WV DOT).


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...


USACE Seeks Bids for $10M Dam Painting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking contractors to clean and paint tainter gates at the Bull Shoals Dam Powerhouse on the White River in Baxter County, AR.


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.


Plans for Commercial Lead Rule Return

After a hiatus of nearly two years, federal regulators are taking a baby step toward a new rule for controlling lead-paint hazards in commercial and public buildings.


EPA Unveils Next Round on Lead Rule

It’s time for U.S. contractors on public and commercial projects to gear up for the next round of proposed lead-safe rules at those worksites.


Painting Contractor Cited for Falls, Lead

An Illinois restoration contractor with a history of safety violations faces a new tab of almost $160,000 for 25 alleged violations of federal workplace safety standards.


‘Up’ House Remodel Sparks Lead Suit

A remodeling project to turn a Victorian home into a real-life replica of the house in the animated movie “Up” has resulted in a lawsuit.


Lowe’s to Settle RRP Case for $500K

Lowe’s Home Centers LLC has agreed to pay $500,000—the largest penalty of its kind yet imposed—to settle claims that it violated federal lead-safe renovation rules.


Locking In a New Life for Old Prison

If you have a plan for redeveloping a gigantic, century-old, asbestos- and lead-laden, security-sensitive, historic prison—but not as a prison, or casino, or chemical plant—the U.S. Navy is ...


$3M+ Bridge Painting Up for Bid

The City of Seattle is seeking bids for coatings work on the Fremont Bridge—a contract estimated at $3.3 million to $3.7 million.


A Tough Cell: Navy Seeks Prison Rehab

After a unanimous chorus of “thanks but no thanks” from other federal agencies, the U.S. Navy is again shopping a redevelopment opportunity for a century-old prison to the private sector.


Hospital Cleanup Draws $2.3M Fine

Federal authorities have shut down and fined an intensive cleanup project at an old psychiatric hospital complex in New York, following complaints about dangerous lead and asbestos practices...


‘Mysterious’ Developer Fined $2.3M

Abandoned a generation earlier, the 80 crumbling brick buildings of the old Harlem Valley Psychiatric Hospital needed to be cleaned up—and fast—for potential investors.


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.


Study Finds High Lead Levels in Asia

Despite a global push to ban lead in paint, “extreme levels” of the toxin are still present in many paints manufactured and sold for use in developing countries, a new study reports.


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.


Tank Coating Work up for Bid

The City of Williamsburg, VA, is seeking contractors to bid on the interior and exterior cleaning, repair and recoating of two existing elevated storage tanks and one ground storage tank—a p...


Old Bay Bridge May Find New Purpose

While the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has had its share of problems, getting rid of the old structure should be a bit easier, if a novel repurposing idea pans out.


Judge Hikes Lead Tab to $1.15B

A California judge has added $50 million to his earlier $1.1 billion judgment against Sherwin-Williams and other former manufacturers of lead paint in finalizing his ruling this week.


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...


Judge Says Lead Paint Makers Must Pay

A California judge has ordered Sherwin-Williams and other former producers of lead-based paint to pay $1.1 billion to replace or contain lead paint in millions of homes.


New Units Take on Toxic Dust, Chips

Contractors working with lead, asbestos and other toxic dusts have two new removal and clean-up options from Dust Collection Products of San Diego, CA.


Dust Collectors Claim 95% Efficiency

Two new dust-muzzling products are now available from San Diego, CA-based Dust Collection Products.


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...


CDC Finds High Lead Levels in Painters

Lead is not dead as a threat to painters, and occupational exposures are still putting that profession at elevated risk, despite decades of improvement elsewhere, a new federal study reports...


Study Reveals High Lead Levels in Paint

Decorative household paints being sold in some developing countries have more than 10 times the lead concentrations allowed in North American paints and pose a serious risk to young children...


GA Lighthouse, Museum Job Up for Bid

Contractors are being sought for a complete restoration of a historic lighthouse, keeper's residence, and museum in southern Georgia.


High-Stakes Verdict Looms in Paint Case

Attorneys for five former producers of lead-based paint and 10 California jurisdictions have rested their cases to end a landmark trial 13 years in the making and potentially worth $2 billio...


Lead Linked to School Suspensions

Add major school discipline problems early in life to the long list of dangers already associated with lead exposure, a new University of Wisconsin-Madison study warns.


Housing Authority Settles Lead Case

A Massachusetts public housing authority has agreed to pay $11,000 to resolve claims that it failed to inform prospective tenants about the possibility of lead-based paint in their homes.


Roll Call: PA Schoolhouse Needs Paint

A project to paint and repair a historic school building that was once part of one of the country’s earliest religious communities is up for bid in Ephrata, PA.


MO Engineer Settles RRP Case

A Missouri engineering and contracting company will pay a $65,450 fine to settle allegations that it violated the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, according to fe...


Whistleblower Case Costs Firm $160K

A cleaning and restoration company in Ohio has been ordered by federal regulators to pay $161,228 to a technician who was wrongfully terminated after he raised safety concerns during a lead-...


Former Lead Paint Makers on Trial in CA

Ten California cities and counties want paint manufacturers to pay nearly $1 billion to strip lead paint from millions of older California homes in a case that dates back to 2000.


Power Plant Tank Coating Up for Bid

Bids are invited to clean and recoat two fuel tanks once used for experimental nuclear power, the Nebraska Public Power District has announced.


Bids Sought for Town Hall Facelift

Town officials in Boxborough, MA, are seeking bids for lead remediation and painting of the century-old Town Hall.


Tacoma Awards $217K Coating Job

A Washington State contractor who was the sole bidder on an industrial coating project in Tacoma, WA, has been green-lighted for the job.


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.


HUD Awards $98M for Lead Paint Cleanup

The federal government has awarded $98.3 million in grants to 38 lead-based paint cleanup projects in a number of communities across the country.


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.


Paint Makers Told to Pay $10M Lead Tab

Although they prevailed after the longest civil jury trial in state history, paint manufacturers must cover their own multimillion-dollar legal bills in the case, the Rhode Island Supreme Co...


17 Firms Hit with Lead-Paint Violations

Federal authorities have caught 17 remodelers, painters and other contractors violating the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.


Bids Sought for $5M+ LA Bridge Contract

Bids to clean and paint almost 10 million pounds of steel on a Louisiana bridge will be opened April 24, transportation officials announced.


Navy Artifacts Set for Makeover

Historic weaponry on display at a major Navy facility in Virginia is due for a facelift, under a painting and cleaning contract now up for bids.


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.


NYC Invites Bridge Inspection Bids

New York City’s Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority is requesting expressions of interest for construction administration and inspection services for repairs on the Verrazano-Narrows Brid...


Free Webinar Tackles Blasting Safety

Protecting abrasive blasters in their dangerous work will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


MO Painter Agrees to Fine in Lead Case

A St. Louis, MO-based painting contractor has agreed to pay a $23,000 penalty to settle allegations that it violated the federal Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule on lead-safe pract...


Waterjetting on Tap in Free Webinar

New updates for standards and technical guidance on using waterjetting for surface preparation will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


$16M Deficit in EPA Lead-Paint Program

Costs are exceeding collections to the tune of $16.4 million when it comes to federal oversight of lead-based paint rules, according to a new audit.


Bids Sought for Tower Restoration

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is seeking contractors to preserve and restore a historic air traffic control tower at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, VA...


Alameda Seeks Takers for Historic Crane

Still scraping for Valentine's Day ideas? Here's an opportunity to gift your love with something historic.


$2.3M Awarded for Coronado Bridge

A big section of San Diego's scenic Coronado Bay Bridge is in for a $2.3 million facelift by Certified Coatings, of Concord, CA.


Feds Team Up for Healthier Homes

Peeling paint, lead poisoning, failing roofs and other housing dangers are the focus of a new federal-level, multi-agency initiative to make American homes safer and healthier.


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.


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...


Feds Revive Lead Rule for Public Works

After a season's hiatus, federal regulators have dusted off a controversial plan to impose new lead-safe practices on public works and commercial projects.


EPA Revives RRP Expansion Plan

Commercial painters, remodelers and interested parties have three months to voice opinions on expanding the controversial federal lead renovation rule into the commercial and public building...


 
 
   

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