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Investigating complaint of lead contamination at Norfolk Naval Shipyard – WAVY-TV

The shipyard confirms on June 29, #8220;once questioned by employees#8221;, paint samples for lead content were taken, and some came from weld booth ceiling areas. #8220;These samples were received 11 July 2017#8221; and confirmed #8220;presence of lead in the paint (3.838 percent by weight).#8221; That is 768 times the accepted OSHA lead limit of .005 percent.

#8220;You got those results back and it contains lead? Bells and whistles should go off,#8221; said Osbon.

Following that revelation, Osbon made sure everyone knew about the lead, and is disappointed it took him and others 43 days from July 11 until August 23 to learn the truth. Osbon said, #8220;I couldn#8217;t believe it. It is egregious.#8221;

The shipyard, despite having OSHA#8217;s highest safety classification, admitted that #8220;due to the age of the shipyard#8221; the presence of lead #8220;should have been assumed.#8221;

#8220;I don#8217;t go to work to get poisoned,#8221; said Robert Depue, a nuclear pipe fitter, working in the same non-nuclear area to make extra overtime. He had slightly above normal lab results for PPZ, 51 mcg/dL where 0-49 is acceptable. #8220;I didn#8217;t come in with lead on me. I don#8217;t want to go home with lead on me,#8221; Depue said.

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