CA Cities & Counties reach settlement with NL Industries on lead paint

“This agreement ensures that significant resources go to address that crisis and protect children from this toxic environmental hazard,” said San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

NL to provide $60.2 million in funding to address lead paint in homes across California

SAN FRANCISCO (May 16, 2018) — After 18 years of litigation, NL Industries, Inc. (“NL”) and the People of the State of California, represented by the County Counsels and City Attorneys of 10 California jurisdictions, have reached a historic settlement agreement to fund remediation of lead paint in cities and counties across California. Under the agreement, which is conditioned (among other things) on the court’s certification of the settlement as being in good faith, NL will provide $60.18 million to the Counties of Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Alameda, Monterey, San Mateo, Solano, and Ventura; the City and County of San Francisco; and the Cities of Oakland and San Diego to address lead paint in homes. [Read more]


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On January 31, 2017 City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration for his executive order directing enforcement action against sanctuary cities and threatening to withhold federal funding from these cities. The suit claims that the order is unconstitutional and exceeds the president’s power.

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