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EPA Smackdown in LBC

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined a Long Beach property owner $8,000 for not disclosing to his tenants known risks involving lead-based paint, reports the Daily News. This came from a 2005 EPA inspection (took four years for the fine?); a spokeswoman says, "This action confirms EPA's commitment to enforcing toxic substances regulations to protect families, especially children, from potential lead-based paint hazards." Federal law mandates anyone who sells or rents housing built before 1978 to provide a lead hazard information pamphlet and disclose any known lead-based paint hazards to buyers or renters. [Daily News]