California Judge Rules Paint Companies Liable for Exposure to Lead
LA Testing provides testing services to help prevent exposure to lead and other hazardous heavy metals.
Garden Grove, CA, January 6th, 2014
Last month, the Los Angeles Times published a report about a California judge’s ruling that three companies created a public nuisance by selling lead-based paints. Even though the paint was sold before it was banned in 1978, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg said in his ruling that “the defendants sold lead paint with actual and constructive knowledge that it was harmful.”
The ruling orders the companies to pay $1.1 billion to help government agencies remove lead hazards from properties in California. Over $600 million of that has been set aside for use in Los Angeles County. It is estimated that up to 5 million homes in the state still contain the hazardous materials.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Old lead-based paint is the most significant source of lead exposure in the U.S. today. Most homes built before 1960 contain heavily leaded paint. Some homes built as recently as 1978 may also contain lead paint. This paint could be on window frames, walls, the outside of homes, or other surfaces.”
In 1987, lead was added to California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Proposition 65. Prop 65 lists chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm to the state of California.
“Unfortunately, there are still millions of homes and buildings that were built before the use of lead was banned in paint,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “Lead-based paint and lead contaminated dusts are the main sources of exposure for lead in children in the United States. Lead affects practically all systems within the human body. High levels can cause convulsions, coma and even death. Exposure to low levels of lead can adversely affect the brain, central nervous system, blood cells and kidneys. LA Testing offers quick and affordable testing solutions to determine the presence of lead in old paints, dusts and other materials. We even offer field test kits for lead.”
LA Testing has sponsored an educational video about lead hazards in the home. It can be seen at:
To learn more about lead testing services or other environmental and indoor air quality (IAQ) issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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