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LEAD Action News vol 8 no 3, 2001, ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News ( ISSN 1440-0561)
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Taking The High Rhode

The following item was forwarded by Michael Linke, Editor,
Renew Magazine, Alternative Technology Association.

Rhode Island became the first state in 1999 to sue the makers of lead paint, seeking hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for treating lead-poisoned children and removing lead paint from buildings.

At least a dozen other states, counties, and cities are considering filing similar lawsuits, inspired by suits filed against the tobacco industry. Lawyers for Rhode Island are accusing the paint makers of knowing that lead paint was dangerous before it was banned in the U.S. in 1978 and covering up the risk. Nearly 20 percent of Rhode Island kindergarten children have elevated lead levels in their blood, according to a new state report.

Studies conducted this decade have found that two-thirds of the nation's housing still contains lead paint and that 890,000 children ages 1 to 5 have elevated blood-lead levels.

[Source: Providence Journal-Bulletin, Peter B. Lord, 10.14.99]

Update July 1, 2008 5:59 pm By Mike McKinney Whitehouse: Court let paint makers ' off the hook'

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