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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

EPA Busts Contractor For Keeping Mum On Lead-Based Paint At Castro District Dwelling

Posted By on Wed, May 6, 2009 at 6:30 AM

click to enlarge The gold is on City Hall's dome -- and the lead is apparently on Ord Street
  • The gold is on City Hall's dome -- and the lead is apparently on Ord Street
Anyone who sees a red door and feels a compulsion to paint it black should heed the fate of South San Francisco's Fine Custom Painting, Inc. The painting contractor was this week fined $10,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency for commencing on the scraping and re-painting of a multi-family unit at 129-131 Ord in San Francisco without bothering to tell the folks living within that they were, in essence, sand-blasting the vicinity with microscopic flecks of lead-based paint.

Giving families the heads-up isn't just common courtesy: It's the law: Federal reqirements mandate that anyone being compensated to renovate a multi-family unit built prior to 1978 has to inform the occupants about the lead-based paint hazards before the stripping and scraping and painting and whatnot.

Here's why lead is bad for you (and it's ill-advised to pick your teeth with the drawn swords of your little lead Dungeons & Dragons figurines):

Inhaling or ingesting lead paint chips can result in high blood pressure, digestive problems, muscle and joint pain, nerve disorders, memory and concentration problems (does this explain the popularity of Two-And-A-Half Men?), and many problems for your unborn children.

Young folks, meanwhile, tend to absorb more lead than adults, which can lead to lifelong problems with hyperactivity, learning disabilities, and hearing impairment.

If all this comes as a shock to you, view the EPA's lead-related regulations here.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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