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Attorney General Taking Action to Reduce Lead Hazards in Franklin County

CONTACT: Robert F. McDougall, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5506

September 2, 2009: Twelve of the largest landlords in Franklin County are the recipients of letters from the Office of Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell requesting that they demonstrate compliance with the Vermont lead law or face potential enforcement action. Attorney General Sorrell announced today that his office recently mailed the letters requesting information on rental properties built prior to 1978. Landlords have been given 90 days to show that they are in compliance with the law. “Our goal is to increase landlord awareness and overall compliance with the lead law,” said Attorney General William H. Sorrell. “Lead poisoning is a serious, but preventable problem in Vermont. Everyone needs to do their part in order to prevent the poisoning of Vermont’s children.”

The mailings to Franklin County landlords continue a state-wide initiative of the Attorney General’s Office. Similar letters were previously mailed to landlords in Rutland, Chittenden, Windsor, Orange and the three Northeast Kingdom counties. The Attorney General anticipates mailing similar letters to Vermont landlords in other geographic areas of Vermont in coming months.

For information concerning the duties of owners, managers, and sellers of pre-1978 housing, and for copies of court documents from recent enforcement actions involving lead, see the Attorney General’s website at: http://www.atg.state.vt.us and click on “Lead.”

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