November 15, 2018

Growing Momentum Toward the Global Elimination of Lead Paint: International Collaboration and National Engagement

Lauren Maher and Steve Wolfson

The United States banned the manufacture and sale of lead paint for consumer use in 1978. 16 C.F.R. § 1303; 15 U.S.C. §§ 2057, 2068. In the 40 years since, more than 60 countries also have enacted laws limiting the use of lead paint. See U.N. Env’t, Update on the Global Status of Legal Limits on Lead in Paint (Sept. 2017). Nevertheless, more than 100 countries still allow lead in paint, and testing data from countries without lead paint laws show that paints sold in stores often contain high levels of lead.

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