Friday, May 16, 2014

EPA to hold information sessions about lead-based paint in New Haven

NEW HAVEN - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a release that it would hold two public information sessions in the city on how EPA’s Renovation Rule can help prevent lead exposure during renovations in homes, apartment buildings and schools. 

The sessions will take place , from 4 to 5:30 pm and again from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on May 20, on the second floor of the New Haven Health Department offices at 54 Meadow St., the release said.
"EPA’s Renovation Rule requires that firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, pre-schools and kindergartens built before 1978 become certified by EPA," the release said. 
"Firms must also use certified renovators and follow lead-safe work practices.  Lead-safe work practices include: containing the work area with plastic sheeting; minimizing dust, and cleaning up thoroughly after working."
"EPA recently announced a compliance assistance and enforcement initiative in the New Haven area to boost compliance with the Renovation Rule, and help reduce potential for exposure to lead-based paint.  EPA held a workshop for local contractors on April 16, and on May 20 will hold the public information sessions to educate residents about lead-based paint exposure and the key provisions of the Renovation Rule." 
Further, "lead-based paint was banned from consumer use in 1978.  Since most homes in New England were built before 1978, they may contain lead.  With New Haven having the highest rate of lead poisoning among young children in Connecticut, it’s important to increase awareness of lead-based paint exposure and to boost compliance with EPA’s Renovation Rule." 

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