Category: Lead Paint

What Does “Free” Real Estate Cost? An Environmental Site Assessment Can Help You Avoid Problems

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If it seems too good to be true, it probably is In 2003, one of our clients (a municipality) came across a bit of good fortune – a free piece of property in a great location in the commercial business district. The site was owned by a family that had operated a business there for years, but the business had closed. The building and site sat unused for quite a while. The…

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Lead based paint – in my new house?!

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You’ve worked hard, saved up, and you’re finally able to build your dream home. It’s just the right neighborhood, and your moving date is right around the corner. But instead of the excitement of moving and unpacking, you have a new, unfamiliar worry – lead based paint in your new home. But how could that happen in new construction or renovation? And what do you do? This problem surfaced recently when…

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The Ethics of Exporting Poison

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There is a new documentary exploring the ethics of American companies manufacturing and selling harmful materials, such as lead paint, on the African continent. According to Occupational Knowledge International, as published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, more than 40 percent of house paints in Cameroon contain lead. Some of the paints contain up to 50 percent of their weight as lead. Lead paint was banned in the…

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U.S. Senator Seeks to Amend Lead (Pb) Exposure Rule

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Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has re-introduced S.484, the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2013, to amend the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule (LRRP), which was developed to prevent lead exposure for workers and the general public. Contractors and trade groups have complained that the LRRP increases costs and unnecessarily applies to groups that are not as susceptible…

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Mold, Asbestos Disclosure not Required in La. Home Sales

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Buyer beware: The Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors Standards and Practice doesn’t require home inspectors to disclose hazardous materials in homes–including asbestos, mold, and even harmful toxic drywall. Check out the story below (link): Law shows home inspectors not required to tell buyers about mold, asbestos on.wdsu.com/WICKV9 — wdsu (@wdsu) February 18, 2013 The reason the for this? Home inspectors are not accredited inspectors for asbestos, mold, and toxic…

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Lead in NOLA Soil Linked to Violent Behavior

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There have been reports coming out for a while now about lead paint being linked to violent behavior. However, the following story takes a look at the past use of leaded gasoline winding up in soil. Sometimes even the best of ideas can have the worst of consequences. See the link below. Eyewitness Investigation: Researcher links lead contamination in soil with violent crime in N.O. bit.ly/ZvTt2k from @mrodriguezwwl — WWL-TV(@WWLTV)…

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EPA Cracking Down on Residential Lead-Paint Violations

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Know Your Regs The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced 16 enforcement actions for the month of November 2012 for infractions of the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP), which was finalized in 2008 and took effect in 2010. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and other groups affected by the rule continue to lobby Congress to repeal or alter the RRP as the new session begins. Cythia Giles,…

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