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EPA alleges lead-based paint violations at STL homes

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The Environmental Protection Agency has filed suit against a California developer for alleged lead-based paint violations at St. Louis homes.

Orlando Askins and two of his companies, The Askins Development Group and Shaw Holding Group, are accused in the lawsuit of failing to properly dispose of lead-based paint during the renovation of eight homes in south St. Louis.

Askins and his companies allegedly exposed the public to the hazardous material at another 57 local properties, according to the lawsuit.

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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