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Resource ID: #13772
Subject: Parks
Source: WPTV-TV (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Date: 1996-05-13



Lead paint is a health hazard, especially for young children. That's why the federal government banned it from residential use nearly two decades ago. But WPTV discovered there is no law regulating lead paint on old, playground equipment. No federal, state, or city government had ever tested equipment for this potential hazard. WPTV tested playground equipment at nine parks throughout three counties. Lab results showed hazardous levels of paint in equipment in three parks, and in one school yard In response, West Palm Beach officials conducted their own tests. Results confirmed high lead levels in eight more city parks, which were immediately sealed off. (May 13 - 14, 1996)

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