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Extension Sought on Paint Compliance

October 22, 2000|KEVIN F. SHERRY

Oxnard plans to ask the federal government for more time to comply with new rules on lead-based paint.

The regulations from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development went into effect Sept. 15. They require the evaluation, notification and reduction of lead-based-paint hazards in most housing units built before 1978.

A city report shows that Oxnard has about 14,500 rental units that were built before 1979, including 400 that are subsidized by the Housing Authority.

The city is seeking the extension because its inspectors have not yet been trained to enforce the new rules. Also, the county may offer a program to help cities achieve compliance, said Sal Gonzalez, Oxnard's housing director.

"This will simply give us time to decide," Gonzalez said.

If approved by HUD, the the compliance deadline would be extended to March 15.

The City Council will discuss the matter at its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 305 W. 3rd St.

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