Developing a New Federal Strategy to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures by Carol Kemker

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Efforts to Address Lead in Memphis, TN
National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program
March 10, 2017
Carol Kemker
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Atlanta, GA
Addressing Lead in Memphis, TN
In late 2015, EPA Region 4, the City
of Memphis, Shelby County, and
others began a year-long effort to
address lead-based paint in homes
Memphis was selected based on an
assessment of elevated blood lead
level (EBLL) and other data
A key focus of this effort was
increasing knowledge about EPA's
Lead Renovation, Repair and
Painting Rule (RRP Rule) and
working with Shelby County to add
RRP certification information to its
building permit application
EPA’s RRP Rule
Requires firms performing renovation,
repair, and painting projects that disturb
lead-based paint in homes, child care
facilities and pre-schools built before 1978:
Have their firm certified by EPA (or an
EPA authorized state)
Use certified renovators who are trained
by EPA-approved training providers
Follow lead-safe work practices
Education and Outreach Activities
EPA Day at LeMoyne-Owen College
Educational webinars on RRP, educational
interventions in schools, and EPA’s EJ Screen tool
Children’s Health Month and National Lead Poisoning
Prevention Week educational activities at Oakhaven
Elementary School
Through EPA’s “6-Cities Project”
provided initial RRP certification to 50
contractors and refresher training to
over 15 contractors
Shelby County amended its building
permit application to include
information on RRP certification