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LEAD BASED PAINT EXPOSURE

A landlord in Bellows Falls, Vermont is under scrutiny for several housing violations including the presence of lead-based paint. The local Zoning-Planning Administration performed an investigation of the property and found peeling and deteriorated lead-based paint in the interior and exterior of the housing unit. And unfortunately, a two-year old boy who lives in the unit has been found to have abnormally high levels of lead in his blood. The landlord has until September 1st to remediate the problem.

Exposure to lead-based paint can cause severe physical, neurological and behavioral problems. Children under the age of six are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning. Lead-based paint was banned in 1978 and, therefore, any building constructed before that year should be tested for its presence.