Lead Paint

Photo courtesy Jo Naylor 
Photo courtesy Jo Naylor 
Photo courtesy Jo Naylor 

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) is finalizing new regulations dealing with the outdoor removal of lead paint, Delaware Public Media reports. The organization hopes the new rules, impacting companies removing lead paint on outside structures, will be in place next year. The proposed draft requires any companies removing outdoor lead paint to apply for a permit.

Delaware became the first state in the country to pass a law banning the use of lead-based paint outdoors in September. Initiative to pass that legislation was led by Newark resident Sarah Bucic and the final law banned the application of lead-based paints on outdoor structures to promote and protect public health.

Bucic also has been the chief lobbyer for new regulations relating to outdoor paint removal.

Bucic said she petitioned DNREC last year asking it to put rules into place regulating the outdoor removal of lead paint. She says they need to move faster.

Bucic says state lawmakers should also mandate more testing of children's blood to make sure they haven't been exposed to lead. Currently it's only required at 12 months of age unless they're at high risk for exposure. Then it's required again around 2 years of age.

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