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Lead in Paint

IPEN and its partner organisations are continuing the fight against the use of lead chromates in paints.

The legal challenge brought in 2017 by IPEN, the International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec), ClientEarth and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is still ongoing. The case challenges a decision of the European Commission allowing the use of two highly hazardous pigments in road markings and painting industrial machines.

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Toxics Link has released a report detailing the lead content in paints in India for 2018. 

(Groups Rally Behind Government-Ordered Phase-Out of Lead-Added Industrial Paints)
Note:  The EcoWaste Coalition and the Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers (PAPM) are very pleased to share the following press release to mark the 5th anniversary of the issuance of the country's Chemical Control Order for Lead and Lead Compounds, and to signify the groups' backing for the 2019 phase-out of lead-containing industrial paints.  Hope you find this useful, thank you very much, and joyful holiday greetings.

Few realize that it is still legal to manufacture and use lead paint in the U.S. and most countries around the world

Paint companies are expected to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for lead paint abatement in California after the U.S. Supreme Court last month refused to intervene in an 18-year legal battle.

In celebrating the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action (ILPPWA), Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) and other institutions had been urged to enforce standards on lead in paint to protect children.