Ten California counties are suing the manufacturers of lead paint to get them to pay for lead abatement in homes which are dangerous to their inhabitants because of lead paint contamination.
The Santa Clara Superior Court has ordered that the defendants be provided with hundreds of thousands of blood lead level tests in children from these 10 counties, although not the names of the children tested or their families. The Plaintiff counties have argued that this release violates medical confidentiality.
The affected counties are: Santa Clara, Alameda, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Mateo, Solano, and Ventura, and the Cities of Oakland, San Diego, and San Francisco. The Defendant companies are: Atlantic Richfield, ConAgra, Du Pont, NL Industries, and Sherwin-Williams.
Although lead paint was banned in 1978, many homes still have lead-based paint under more recent wall treatments. Lead in the old paint can be released during renovations, when paint peels, or just from normal wear and tear on surfaces like door and window frames. There is no safe level of exposure to lead and lead dust can contaminate any home built prior to 1978. 87% of homes in Alameda County and more than half of homes in the Bay Area were built before the ban took effect.
If the Plaintiff counties are successful, Defendants will be ordered to pay for lead paint abatement in these homes, saving families from the ravages of lead poisoning which include:
- Learning disabilities
- Hearing and visual impairment
- Developmental problems
Alliance Environmental Group would, of course, be happy to work on the enormous lead abatement projects which could result from a successful suit by the counties, but more than that we would be thrilled to know that the dangers of lead poisoning were no longer a reality for hundreds of thousands of California children.
There will be public notifications of the release of these records as well as a process for filing an objection, but the objection must be filed by August 31, 2012. Go to www.LeadTestingDisclosure.com or call (888) 212- 6860 to find out more.
Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for Alliance Environmental Group and AirTek Indoor Air Solutions. We welcome your comments and questions! For more news and tips or talk to our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on indoor air challenges, Like us at AirTek on Facebook!