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EPA Balks on Lead Testing, Leaves Millions at Risk

Last Friday, July 15, 2011, the EPA refused to implement lead dust requirements in spite of a judicial legislative mandate to protect children from exposure to lead contamination.
Lobbyists representing the construction and home improvement industry claimed victory, and continued efforts to disembowel enforcement provisions of the existing Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule. Toward that end, the US House of Representatives, under intense pressure from NAHB and other construction advocates, is poised to withhold funding for EPA to enforce standards designed to ensure that children and adults living in pre-1978 housing are not lead poisoning.