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Settlement forces Denver company to clean up lead

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Poisonous lead will be removed from 2,226 apartments and townhouses in 11 metro complexes, thanks to a settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Denver-based Apartment Investment and Management Co., one the largest property management companies in the nation.

The company will pay a $129,000 fine and clean up lead-based paint in more than 130,000 apartments nationwide.

Lead poisoning, even at low levels, can cause learning disabilities, reduced attention span, hyperactivity and kidney damage in children.

Apartment Investment and Management Co. didn't warn its tenants that their homes could contain lead-based paint, according to HUD and EPA. The settlement was reached Jan. 16.

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