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Lead in Paint

Advocates call for limit on lead content in paint

HEAVY METAL:Studies have linked attention deficit disorder and lower intelligence to exposure to heavy metals, such as lead, environmental campaigners said

By Chen Wei-han  /  Staff reporter

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/05/24/2003647015

(Taipei City, Taiwan) More than sixty percent of paints analyzed in a new study on total lead in solvent-based decorative paints contained high lead levels, and at least one paint from all eight brands analyzed contained exceedingly high lead levels. The findings are included in a report released today by Taiwan Watch Institute and IPEN. Moreover, most paint can labels failed to carry consumer information about lead content.

“The health impacts of lead exposure on young children’s brains are lifelong, irreversible and untreatable,” said Xavier Sun, Researcher, Taiwan Watch Institute. “We are limiting our children and our nation’s future intellectual development even though safe and effective alternatives are already in use and widely available in Taiwan. We must reduce this critical source of lead exposure to young children.”

During the course of the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Workshop on the Establishment of Legal Limits on Lead in Paint (co-hosted by the Government of the Republic of Moldova and the United Nations Environment Programme), which took place 19-20 May, 2016 in Chișinău, Republic of Moldova, IPEN Co-Chair Dr. Olga Speranskaya was interviewed for the Moldovan television program "Publika": http://ru.publika.md/emisiuni/den-za-dnyom_791.html?video_id=2885431

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Press Release
“Green” Poll Bets, Doctors, Bishops Back Lead-Safe Schools for Children’s Health

The move comes after persistent campaign by environmentalists demanding regulation of high lead content in paints
By Mayank Aggarwal
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/Hydc0BH3YxgPClcStg3TqL/Environment-mini...

On 24 April a leading Russian television program called "HEALTH" was focused on the negative health effects of lead, including those from lead in paints. Data received by IPEN / Eco-Accord project in Russia was presented.

Watch the progam (Russian) here

By Rachel Dissell, Brie Zeltner, The Plain Dealer
April 20, 2016
http://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2016/04/protesters_bring_le...

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A small group of protesters held a provocative banner outside Sherwin-Williams' annual shareholders meeting Wednesday, part of an ongoing effort to pressure the paint company over use of lead in its products.

By Joyce Gannon / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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