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Public meeting slated March 27 on proposed EPA lead renovation, repair and painting program rule

Release Date: 03/10/2006
Contact Information: Phillippa Cannon, (312) 353-6218,

No. 06-OPA034

(Chicago-March 10, 2006) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting Monday, March 27 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to get comments from the public on a proposed federal rule for handling lead-based paint. The meeting on the proposed Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Rule will be held in the GSA Conference Center, Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Third floor, room 331.

The Chicago meeting is one of five scheduled around the country during the comment period ending April 10. Other cities where meetings will be held include: Washington, D.C.; New York; Atlanta and San Francisco.

EPA is proposing some simple but effective work practices that can reduce potential exposure to dangerous levels of lead for residents, especially children. These work practice standards and training requirements would apply to persons engaged in renovation, repair and painting activities, for compensation, that disturb lead-based paint in housing built before 1978.

The new proposal is one component of a comprehensive program that will also include training and an education and outreach campaign to promote lead-safe work practices. It will help to meet the goal of eliminating childhood lead poisoning as a major health concern by the year 2010.

The proposal and additional information can be accessed on the Internet at

Persons interested in scheduling a presentation (limit 10 minutes) can contact Mike Wilson at or 202/566-0521.

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