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Lead Paint and Housing Discrimination in Boston

January 22, 2014

Many lead paint laws throughout the country potentially open up renters to housing discrimination based on the age of their children.  Both Philadelphia and Boston are among some cities and municipalities that require landlords and property owners to follow certain procedures when children under a certain age (in this case under 6) are living in a unit built before 1978.... Read More

Federal Lead Poisoning Prevention Funding 2014

January 17, 2014

This week funding for the CDC’s Leading Poisoning Prevention Program and  Federal Lead Poisoning Prevention funding saw an increase.  The House Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which will fund the federal government up to 9/30/2014, added $15 million dollars to reduce and prevent lead poisoning in children throughout the country.   This Bill takes 12 separate yearly spending bills and combines them into... Read More

Illegal Asbestos Work, Gene Cornell Smith gets 42 month sentence

January 16, 2014

Gene Cornell Smith, a developer from New Jersey, was recently sentenced to 42 months in prison for illegal asbestos work.  After purchasing a warehouse in Philadelphia, Smith hired unskilled day laborers to remove the asbestos throughout the site.  Asbestos removal requires specific permits, licenses and procedures be followed in order to insure the safety of workers and nearby residents.  Part... Read More

Infograph: Radon Facts

January 13, 2014

This gas is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the USA.  Researchers and scientists estimate 20,000 deaths occur each year as a result of exposure to this known carcinogenic. The only way to determine if Radon gas levels are elevated in your home is to have radon testing done.  For more information on testing contact us today at... Read More

$1.1 Billion Lead Paint Ruling Against Sherwin Williams

January 7, 2014

Last month Sherwin Williams Co., NL Industries Inc., and ConAgra Grocery Products LLC, were ordered to pay $1.1 billion, yes billion dollars, for the lead abatement, decontamination and containment of the lead paint they sold to millions of people throughout 10 cities and counties in California.  The public nuisance lawsuit was tried before Superior Court Judge James Klienberg in San Jose,... Read More

Lead Poisoning in Adults

January 2, 2014

We often hear about lead poisoned children, but adults are often the victims of this entirely preventable disease as well.  According to the CDC’s Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES) Program from 2002-2011 close to 14,000 adults were tested and found to have been lead poisoned.  And that number is only including those adults who have been tested.  Symptoms... Read More

Happy Holidays from LEW Environmental!

December 20, 2013

We want to thank our wonderful friends and clients who we are truly grateful for! In light of the season, LEW Environmental gives you a video that we hope brings you cheer! [youtube id=”knILVOHT5f4″ width=”600″ height=”350″]

Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding slowly beginning through NJ’s RREM Program

December 10, 2013

It has been a very long journey for many New Jersey residents that were affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Now,  over a year later, homes are finally starting to be rebuilt.  The RREM Program (Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation Program) and its contractors are now beginning to move past the initial inspection phase where they tested for things like lead paint and... Read More

Possibly, Michelangelo, VanGogh and other Famous Artists lead poisoned

December 6, 2013

A recent article suggested famous artists like Michelangelo and VanGogh may have been poisoned by the lead paints they used to create their masterpieces.   Their illness, then referred to as “painter’s colic”  had many painters complaining of terrible stomach pains, a common symptom of lead poisoning.  It was Bernardinus Ramazzini, a doctor from Italy who in 1713 first suggested it... Read More

Girl Awarded $3 Million Dollars in Apartment Lead Poisoning Lawsuit

November 26, 2013

Property owners and managers, if compliance with the law isn’t motivation enough to get your residential building tested for lead paint, how about a recent $3 million dollar apartment lead poisoning lawsuit?  On October 11, 2013 a Bronx jury awarded a young girl $3 million dollars for injuries she suffered after being lead poisoned in her family’s apartment in 2004.... Read More