Monday, March 19, 2018

DEP Completes Surveillance Effort To Keep Lead Solder Products Off Shelves, Away From Water Lines

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced it has completed routine surveillance of hardware stores and other retail facilities in 13 counties to verify that leaded solder is not being sold for plumbing purposes.
This surveillance is conducted in accordance with the 1989 Lead Ban Act.
Throughout the summer of 2017, DEP staff investigated 430 stores to make sure that lead solder is not being sold and that restricted solder types that are allowed to be sold commercially are not being displayed in plumbing supply sections of those stores.
“Keeping banned lead products off the shelves is a good way to prevent future water contamination,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “I’m very pleased to see that many stores are following the regulations and keeping banned products off of their shelves.”
The investigation found 281 stores that sell solder. Of those stores:
-- 57 percent sell only lead-free solder;
-- 8 percent of stores (22) were selling solder in violation of the Lead Ban Act ;
-- 7 percent selling banned solder (20); and
-- Less than 1 percent selling restricted solder in plumbing section (2).
Compliance notices were issued for the violations. DEP can also issue fines of up to $1,000 for each violation. The majority of the stores in violation were first time offenders.
Store ownership often changes in the years between surveillance periods, and new owners may not be aware of the specific provisions of the Lead Ban Act. Additionally, since 2005, surveillance activities have included auto parts, electronics, and craft stores which may not be aware of the Lead Ban Act.  
DEP staff will continue routine and follow-up activities throughout 2018 to continue educating stores and ensure that they remain in compliance.
Click Here for a copy of the full report.
For more information on lead and drinking water, visit DEP’s Lead In Drinking Water webpage.

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