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Is this a step backward in lead paint safety?

Putting a Price on Lead Paint Safety

The Huffington Post reported today that the EPA has chosen to drop their proposal to toughen the lead paint rules in existing schools, day care facilities and homes. Faced with agitated opposition in the form of construction groups and organized business, the EPA abandoned the rule, which required strict regulations on businesses and contractors doing work to structures that contained lead.

Those opposed to the rule claimed it would "cost an extra $100 to $500 per project and hurt business."

Obviously these companies and contractors want to keep their costs to a minimum. But can we really put a price on lead paint safety?

What are your thoughts on the development?

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