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Should High Lead Levels be a Serious Concern in Philly Parks?

Philadelphia’s has been chock full of Industrial fumes, old paint and now-banned gasoline additives putting toxic metals like lead in soil for generations. Is this a serious problem though? Lead is a basic element, so it’s normal to find small amounts in soil. According to the United States Geological Survey, lead in the soil naturally …

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EPA Cracking Down on Contractors

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken enforcement action against thirty-five home renovation contractors for failure to follow Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) standards. For varied reasons, including not being properly trained, general contractors who’s subcontractor’s weren’t trained, and not following lead safe work practices protocol; the EPA’s enforcement actions led to more than …

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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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