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Law protecting homeowners in Maine from lead poisoning rarely enforced

from Bangor Daily News

Thousands of Maine children and hundreds of thousands across the country are being exposed to poisonous lead paint because a federal law designed to protect them is barely being enforced. The 2010 law, the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, requires that contractors must be trained in and follow lead-safe practices that prevent the spread of lead particles during home renovations. But a Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting investigation has found that the law is widely unenforced, a fact even the federal agency that administers the law admits. more


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