Three former lead paint manufacturers who lost a landmark lawsuit in Rhode Island would have to pay an estimated $2.4 billion to clean up hundreds of thousands of homes contaminated with lead under a state proposal released Friday. The plan would involve 10,000 workers and is projected to take four years. Rhode Island, which claimed the industry created a public nuisance, was the first state to sue, and its victory last year was the first time anyone had successfully sued former lead paint manufacturers.
Rhode Island Wants Companies to Pay $2.4 Billion to Clean Up Lead
The Associated Press
September 17, 2007