Lead paint has been banned since 1978, largely due to the health effects of lead poisoning in children, including learning disabilities and stunted growth. But the paint lingers in housing built before the ban. Public officials in 10 northern California counties are suing five large paint manufacturers, such as Sherwin-Williams and Atlantic Richfield, to order them to remove lead paint from millions on homes in these counties. The cost? About $1 billion.


From old cottages in Berkeley and Palo Alto to ranch-style homes in Silicon Valley, the remnants of a hazardous past can lurk in the walls — lead paint.
And now 10 California cities and counties will finally get to try to make the powerful paint industry pay dearly to remove those poisonous ghosts from millions of homes around the state.

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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