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Guest chatter to talk about new lead-paint rules

Considering how much of the Washington area housing stock was built before 1978, when lead-based paint was banned by law, the new Environmental Protection Agency rules set to kick in next Thursday will affect a lot of us. As of then, contractors working on all but the tiniest home-repair jobs will have to abide by strict rules designed to keep lead-laden dust contained to the work area and cleaned up thoroughly when the job is done. Deborah K. Dietsch has the details in an article in this week's Real Estate section.

We'll also have an expert on the effects of lead and the new rules governing contractors in the Real Estate Live chat at 1 p.m. Friday. Rebecca Morley, executive director of the National Center for Healthy Housing, will be available to answer questions.

As always, you're welcome to submit comments and questions early if you can't meet us for virtual lunch.

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By Elizabeth Razzi  |  April 15, 2010; 6:00 PM ET
Categories:  Chat Plus , Fortress Home , Remodeling and repair  
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