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R.I. Verdict Goes Against Former Lead Paint Makers
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Author: Tucker, Eric
Date: Feb 23, 2006
Start Page: D.02
Section: FINANCIAL

The United States banned the sale of lead paint in 1978 after studies showed it can cause serious health problems in children. However, the state argued that the companies or their corporate predecessors continued to make lead pigment for use in paint even when they knew its potential dangers. And lead paint still exists in many Rhode Island homes.

The companies said lead paint remained a problem in only a narrow subsection of poorly maintained properties. They also said paint is not the only source of lead exposure and argued that the state did not prove a clear link between the pigment they made and Rhode Island children who were poisoned by lead.

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