Published: Wednesday 15 August 2001

A landlord in Washington DC has admitted that he violated laws by not notifying his tenants about the health hazards associated with the lead-based paint applied on the walls of his house. The case is the first ever-criminal prosecution in the US related to lead hazard warnings that are required by the federal Lead Hazard Reduction Act of 1992. The case was filed by the federal department of housing and urban development against David Nuyen of Silver Spring, in the US district court of Greenbelt, Maryland. Nuyen will be imprisoned for two years and will be liable to pay US $250,000 as compensation to his tenants if he is found guilty

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