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All abatement performed pursuant to this section shall follow the norms set forth in the "Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing" issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, June 1995, based on Title 10 of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, and shall follow the following procedures:
A. Completion of Lead Abatement Methodology Form. Within 10 days following receipt of the written order, the owner shall submit to the Property Improvement Division the Lead Abatement/Hazard Reduction Methodology form provided to them by the City of Reading, Pennsylvania. This form shall be returned to the Division of Property Improvement within five business days of receipt of the notice that a lead hazard exists in the property and prior to the start of abatement. The lead abatement/hazard reduction form shall consist of written plans and a schedule for the elimination of the hazard. Said plans and schedule shall specify in detail the means, methods, materials and dates by which correction will be achieved. One of the following approved methods shall be used to bring about compliance and shall be included in the plans and schedule submitted:
(1) Wet stripping of the surface to the bare underlying material which does not contain lead at the unsafe levels.
(2) The covering of such surfaces which contain lead at unacceptable levels with permanently affixed coverings, the surface of which said permanently affixed covering is incapable of being readily chewed through, torn from the surface, pierced or otherwise removed in such manner as to expose the hazardous surface (for example hardboard, plywood, drywall, plaster).
B. Approval/disapproval of abatement plan. Promptly upon receipt of the plans and schedule, the Division of Property Improvement shall approve or disapprove such plans and schedule. Notice of any disapproval shall be accompanied by specific reasons therefor. Upon receipt of a disapproval notice, the owner shall within four days resubmit the plans and schedule with such revisions as are necessary to remove the objections. Upon disapproval of a second plan by the Department of Property Improvement, said owner and/ or occupant shall be issued a written notice indicating schedule and method of abatement which will be required to bring the dwelling, or pertinent areas, into compliance. Said owner shall complete abatement of the lead hazard within 15 days after receiving notification from the Division of Property Improvement that the plans and schedule have been approved, unless said Division extends the time for compliance.
C. Approved methods of abatement.
(1) Removal. Lead-based paint shall be completely removed from any surface that can be chewed or eaten by children. Any cracked, chipped, blistered, or peeling lead-based paint shall be completely removed to the base surface under such safety conditions as may be approved by the Property Improvement Division.
(2) Encapsulation. The capping over of such surfaces which contain lead at unacceptable levels with permanently affixed coverings, the surface of which is lead-free and which said permanently affixed covering is incapable of being readily chewed through, torn from the surface, pierced or otherwise removed in such manner as to expose the hazardous surface (for example, hardboard, plywood, drywall, plaster).
(3) Enclosure. Repainting of such surfaces that contain lead at unacceptable levels with a non-lead-based paint with a manufacturer's warranty of twenty-year rating. This method shall not be deemed to be satisfactory for compliance with this chapter where evidence has been obtained of children under six years of age chewing the surface.
D. Disapproved methods of abatement.
(1) The methods used for the removal of lead-based paint shall not present a hazard to health from fumes, dust or vapors by inhalation or absorption through the skin and mucous membranes and shall be in accordance with all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, safety standards and practices of the City of Reading, Pennsylvania, state and federal agencies.
(2) Dry sanding, heat guns capable of producing temperatures in excess of 1,100° F., the use of an open flame torch and chemical strippers containing methylene chloride are prohibited as part of any abatement techniques.