Volume 94 Issue 18 | p. 15 | News of The Week
Issue Date: May 2, 2016 | Web Date: April 29, 2016

PPG will remove lead from paint

Paint giant will remove the heavy metal from all of its coatings
Department: Business
Keywords: pollution, paint, coatings, lead, environment

Joining competitor AkzoNobel, paint giant PPG Industries says it will remove lead from its coatings. Although activists are lauding the move, hundreds of paint brands, particularly in developing countries, continue to contain lead.

Numerous lead-containing chemicals have found their way into paints over the years, says Ronald Lewarchik, who runs the coatings consulting firm Chemical Dynamics. Lead carbonate was once added for whiteness and opacity. Lead octoate and lead 2-ethylhexanoate are still used in some . . .

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