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Few toxins have ever had as destructive a force as lead.  Some historians say that lead water pipes contributed to the downfall of the Roman Empire. Now, two thousand years later, lead in paint and toys continues to be linked to high blood pressure, organ failure, learning disabilities and behavioral problems (Check out the award winning pH documentary on lead in Cincinnati for more).

Today the EPA advances lead regulation by closing an old loop-hole on lead abatement.  The new EPA rule removes a provision that allowed owner-occupants of pre-1978 homes to “opt-out” of having their contractors follow lead-safe work practices if there were no children under six years of age in the home. A statement from the EPA says "the result will better protect children and adult occupants during and after renovation, repair and painting projects."

Read more about the EPA’s Lead policies here.

Photo By  Abby Lanes.