Lee Wasserman

Address your Lead Paint and Lead Hazards Programs ASAP!!

Flint, MI was only the initial shock wave. The real tsunami of lead paint, lead related hazards, litigation, and accountability for HUD associated programs is just about to begin. If you receive, partake, score, manage, or own a HUD oriented program property, I strongly suggest that you familiarize yourself with the contents of this article, …

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Federal Lead Poisoning Prevention Funding 2014

This week funding for the CDC’s Leading Poisoning Prevention Program and  Federal Lead Poisoning Prevention funding saw an increase.  The House Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which will fund the federal government up to 9/30/2014, added $15 million dollars to reduce and prevent lead poisoning in children throughout the country.   This Bill takes 12 separate yearly spending …

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Illegal Asbestos Work, Gene Cornell Smith gets 42 month sentence

Gene Cornell Smith, a developer from New Jersey, was recently sentenced to 42 months in prison for illegal asbestos work.  After purchasing a warehouse in Philadelphia, Smith hired unskilled day laborers to remove the asbestos throughout the site.  Asbestos removal requires specific permits, licenses and procedures be followed in order to insure the safety of …

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$1.1 Billion Lead Paint Ruling Against Sherwin Williams

Last month Sherwin Williams Co., NL Industries Inc., and ConAgra Grocery Products LLC, were ordered to pay $1.1 billion, yes billion dollars, for the lead abatement, decontamination and containment of the lead paint they sold to millions of people throughout 10 cities and counties in California.  The public nuisance lawsuit was tried before Superior Court Judge …

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Lead Poisoning in Adults

We often hear about lead poisoned children, but adults are often the victims of this entirely preventable disease as well.  According to the CDC’s Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES) Program from 2002-2011 close to 14,000 adults were tested and found to have been lead poisoned.  And that number is only including those adults …

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Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding slowly beginning through NJ’s RREM Program

It has been a very long journey for many New Jersey residents that were affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Now,  over a year later, homes are finally starting to be rebuilt.  The RREM Program (Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation Program) and its contractors are now beginning to move past the initial inspection phase where they tested for …

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Possibly, Michelangelo, VanGogh and other Famous Artists lead poisoned

A recent article suggested famous artists like Michelangelo and VanGogh may have been poisoned by the lead paints they used to create their masterpieces.   Their illness, then referred to as “painter’s colic”  had many painters complaining of terrible stomach pains, a common symptom of lead poisoning.  It was Bernardinus Ramazzini, a doctor from Italy who …

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