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Participation Sought at EPA Lead Proposal Public Meeting

Release Date: 03/31/2006
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421,

(ATLANTA – Mar. 31, 2006) EPA is encouraging public participation and comment at the half-day public meeting that will be held in Atlanta for the proposed federal rule, "Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program," which was published in the Jan. 10, 2006 Federal Register. The meeting is one of five being held across the country.

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.

WHO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

      WHAT: EPA Lead Proposal Public Meeting

WHEN: April 4, 2006 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Atlanta Tradeport, Suite 104
          4244 International Parkway
          Atlanta, Georgia
The proposed rule and background information are available on EPA's Web site at: