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Federal, State, and Local Regulations and Ordinances

In 1991 the Federal government turned its attention to the growing concern about childhood lead poisoning. The government enacted the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act (Title X). This act was passed by Congress to address laws enacted in the 1970’s to eliminate lead-based paint hazards as far as practicable in federally owned, -assisted, and -insured housing. As part of the Act, the Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control was created by the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office.

The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is also involved with the regulation of Lead. The EPA has enacted regulations such as the:

1. Disclosure Rule requiring the “Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home” pamphlet given to new home owners and tenants.

2. Training and Certification Program established training and certification criteria in order to perform activities related to the abatement of lead paint hazards and the identification and testing of lead paint and possible hazards.

State of Wisconsin has complied with the requirements of the Federal Government in establishing state wide regulations pertaining to lead-based paint. Wisconsin Administrative Code HFS 163 is the law regulating testing, abatement, training, certification, and enforcement of lead-based paint hazards.

Fond du Lac County has a local Ordinance that was adopted on December 21, 1999 called the Fond du Lac County Lead Poisoning, Prevention, and Control Ordinance-Chapter 30 Article VI.  This ordinance gives the County Code Enforcement Office the ability to inspect, order abatement, and insure compliance with ordered abatement in housing suspected of contributing to the lead poisoning of a child(ren) under 6 years of age.