- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pushing to clean up lead paint in Maine.

The Sun Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1V9S78R) Curt Spaulding, the EPA’s regional administrator in Boston, said the effort is unique to Lewiston-Auburn, the area with the highest number of lead-poisoned children in the state.

The agency has told painting and renovation contractors, landlords and property management companies that it’s going to begin inspecting work projects in the area next month. Officials say the EPA may fine those who aren’t in compliance with federal law.

The agency is working to address what it calls a serious public health problem affecting children.

The push to address lead issues in the state comes after similar efforts by the EPA in New Haven, Connecticut, and Nashua, New Hampshire.

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Information from: Sun-Journal, https://www.sunjournal.com

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