Attorney General files lead enforcement lawsuits against four Providence, Rhode Island landlords

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced today that the Office has filed lawsuits against four separate Providence landlords for noncompliance with state lead poisoning prevention laws. All of the lawsuits involve properties where significant lead hazards were found in a lead-poisoned child’s home. In the lawsuits, filed in Providence County Superior Court, […]



AG Neronha Suing Providence Landlords Over Lead Hazards in Homes of Lead-Poisoned Children

March 13, 2022/RINewsToday Attorney General files lead enforcement lawsuits against four Providence landlords Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced today that his office has filed lawsuits against four separate Providence landlords for noncompliance with state lead poisoning prevention laws. All of the lawsuits involve properties where significant lead hazards were found in a lead-poisoned child’s […]



Civil Rights Complaint Draws Attention to the Discriminatory Impacts of Common Lead Pipe Replacement Practice

Jennifer Ortega, Research Analyst, Environmental Health This past Wednesday, Rhode Island’s Childhood Lead Action Project (CLAP) led a coalition of groups in submitting a civil rights complaint to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against the Providence Water Supply Board (Providence Water), pursuant to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The administrative complaint highlights the discriminatory effects […]



HUD & EPA Region 1 Webinar Series on Federal Lead-based Paint Rules |  July 20-22, 2021

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 1 are pleased to announce an online training series July 20-22, 2021 on Lead-based Paint Rules to raise awareness and understanding of lead-based paint rules and regulations, including: The Lead Disclosure Rule; Lead-based Paint Activities Rule; Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule; and Lead-Safe Housing Rule. This information is […]



Rhode Island Environmental Lead Program Updates

The Rhode Island Environmental Lead Program’s work with Public Health Scholars has been on pause due to staff being diverted to the COVID-19 response. However, the Rhode Island Department of Health is increasing lead hazard awareness by partnering with Brown University; coauthoring research that has been submitted for publication in RI’s Medical Journal and collaborating […]



EPA/DOJ Settlement on Alleged Non-Compliance with EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule

The Rhode Island Environmental Lead Program is sharing information about the settlement of an EPA/DOJ federal judicial case that was filed in federal court on December 17, 2020. The case settlement is the result of a nationwide EPA investigation into alleged non-compliance with the EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule, as well as some […]



Childhood Lead Action Project in Rhode Island

Founded in 1992 by parents, medical professionals, and social justice activists, the Childhood Lead Action Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating childhood lead poisoning in Rhode Island through parent support, community-based education, and grassroots advocacy. The Childhood Lead Action Project’s activities for Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and Children’s Health Month include: Multilingual lead […]



EPA Announces 12 Healthy Communities Grants Awarded Across Four New England States

EPA announces 12 Healthy Communities Grants awarded across four New England states totaling $372,286. Funding will support the following lead-related projects: The Centro de Apoyo Familiar project in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Childhood Lead Action Project in New Hampshire, and the Clean Water Fund in Connecticut. EPA New England’s Healthy Communities Grant Program combines resources […]