Oneida County to conduct paint stabilization pilot study

by WOHe

UTICA, NY – January 17, 2011 — The Oneida County Health Department’s Lead Primary Prevention Program (LPP), through its New York State Department of Health grant, will conduct a pilot project designed to study the impact of using new paints containing primer as a method  of stabilizing deteriorating lead paint surfaces in Utica’s pre-1978 houses, County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced.

As part of the 1-year study, 168 rental housing units in West Utica and Cornhill will be selected after the analysis of  visual inspections and dust wipe samplings determines their eligiblity based on ‘conditions conducive to lead posioning.”  Units with young children living in them will be a priority.  Once a housing unit is enrolled in the study, its owner or maintenance staff will be provided a free EPA Renovator Training class valued at $195 and a voucher to obtain the study paint and supplies through a local vendor.

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