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TMCC Receives EPA Accreditation for Renovation Program

Posted: Nov 29, 2010

(Reno, Nev.) Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) has been accredited by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency to provide the agency’s training for the renovation, repair and painting program. The college was the 11th organization in the nation to receive the accreditation.

TMCC has conducted more than 40 classes and trained nearly 700 workers in lead safe work practices. The college is also in the process of receiving federal accreditation for training lead dust sampling techniques.

Federal law requires that all contractors that disturb painted surfaces in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. The most common way that people are exposed to lead is through dust that forms as a result of repairing, renovating or painting. Lead contamination is not only harmful to adults but can be extremely harmful to kids ages six and younger. Lead can affect children’s brains and developing nervous systems, causing reduced IQ, learning disabilities and behavioral problems.

The class to become EPA certified is an eight hour class. To learn more about the program or the classes offered contact Scott Alquist at 775-857-4958. To learn more about lead contamination visit the EPA lead website.

TMCC is a comprehensive community college located in Reno, Nevada. The college serves more than 32,000 students each year in credit and non-credit programs.

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Telephone: 775-673-7087

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