EPA cracks downs on violators of lead paint rule

EPA cracks downs on violators of lead paint rule

It’s never been wise to play around with lead paint, the kind kicked up during the renovation of homes built before 1978. Nowadays, doing so can be costly in more ways than one, as the Environmental Protection Agency continues to fine violators of its Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (RRP).

The Renovation, Repair and Painting rule requires contractors to use lead-safe work practices to ensure that lead dust isn’t left behind after renovation, repair, and painting … (read more)

Lead dust stirred up by remodeling can put children at risk

Lead dust stirred up by remodeling can put children at risk

Planning a home remodel? Take note: An estimated 535,000 (2.6 percent) of U. S. children ages 1 to 5 years have blood lead levels greater than or equal to the reference value of 5 micrograms per deciliter, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lead-laced paint chips and dust kicked up during renovation projects is a common source of contamination.

If your home was built before 1978, lead is likely present. … (read more)

Confusing laundry caps can lead to overdosing

Confusing laundry caps can lead to overdosing

You know your life isn’t what it should be when you have to use a flashlight to find the appropriate fill line on the inside of a laundry detergent cap. The markings tell you how much detergent to use. When you can’t see them or they’re confusing, you can end up dumping too much detergent into your washing machine. That sudsy surplus can lead to all sorts of problems including prolonged rinse cycles and money wasted on both detergent and water.

Consumer … (read more)