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A $500,000 settlement with Lowe's addresses lead-paint exposure
The settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is especially important to cities in Northeast Ohio

Lowe's Home Improvement Centers has agreed to a $500,000 settlement, which includes implementing a new compliance program in more than 1,700 stores nationwide.
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A half-million-dollar settlement between Lowe’s Home Improvement Centers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is especially important to cities in Northeast Ohio, where most homes at one time contained lead-based paint.

Mark Adams with the Canton Health Department says as many as a million people in the Northeast Ohio metropolitan areas face the risk of lead exposure.

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“It’s really not just Northeast Ohio, but Northeast Ohio has a larger population and in turn it also has an older population of homes. And those homes, anything built prior to 1977, most likely has lead paint used inside that home.”

Adams says Canton’s health department sees 30 to 50 children a year with elevated blood lead levels. Canton is the only facility in Stark County that has a full time employee that’s licensed to do lead risk assessment.

Lowe’s reached the settlement with the feds after complaints that its contractors weren’t certified to abate lead risks. The company also agreed to use a new compliance program in more than 1,700 stores nationwide.
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