IPEN has released its second Global Lead Paint Elimination Campaign newletter, and it features information about the cost of lead exposure each year (according to a new map released by New York University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics), as well as new lead paint regulations in India and Thailand, and reports analyzing the content of lead in paint. The newsletter also provides an update about progress to eliminate lead paint in four African countries (Cameroon, Côtre d'Ivoire, Ethiopia and Tanzania).
The European Commission has issued a draft decision to the REACH Committee that would authorize use of two toxic lead pigments in the EU for non-consumer use, despite the availability of well-known alternatives. The decision was made over strong objections from EU governments, industry and NGOs.
The European Environmental Bureau (EEB), The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), ChemSec and IPEN sent two letters to the REACH Committee calling on the members to reject authorization when it is put to a final vote on July 6th-7th. In addition, NGOs around the world have signed a letter to the Committee highlighting the potential harmful consequences from such an authorization in non-EU countries, as lead-containing products may be exported to markets where there aren't any safeguards to prevent these hazardous products from being sold to consumers.
Numerous IPENers, including representatives from AGENDA (Tanzania), Centre for Environment Justice and Development (Kenya), Eco-Ehtics (Kenya), and Pesticide Action Nexus (Ehtiopia), are currently participating in the East African Coatings Congress taking place in Nairobi, Kenya. IPEN's goal at the conference is to meet representatives of the paint industry serving African paint manufacturers and encourage them to eliminate lead in paint, in line with IPEN's global campaign to eliminate lead paint.
On the occasion of World Environment Day, Ram Charitra Sah, Director of IPEN Participating Organization Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED), was presented with the Environment Conservation Award 2016 by K.P. Sharma Oli, Rt. Honorable Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. The award recognized Mr. Sah's work for environment conservation and protection of public health.