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Participation Sought at EPA Lead Proposal Public Meeting in NYC

Release Date: 03/24/2006
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(New York, NY) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging public participation and comment at a public meeting to be held at in New York City next Thursday for the proposed federal rule, "Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program," which was published in the Federal Register on Jan. 10, 2006.

To help protect children from dangerous levels of lead paint dust during home renovation activities, EPA is proposing that contractors be trained in the use of lead-safe work practices, renovators and firms be certified, providers of renovation training be accredited, and renovators and painters use simple, but effective, work practices while conducting activities that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes.

This proposal is one component of a comprehensive program that will also include training and an education and outreach campaign to promote the use of lead-safe work practices. These efforts will help meet the goal of eliminating childhood lead poisoning as a major health concern by 2010.

In addition to the public meeting, the agency is seeking written comment on the proposed rule until April 10, 2006. The public meeting will be held in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Auditorium, located at 1 Bowling Green in New York City, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2006.

The proposed rule and background information are available on EPA's Web site at: