Arrghhhhh, lead paint on plaster walls
I posted before about my painted-over wallpaper that's falling off the walls in the house I rent. Long story short, one of the layers of paint under there has lead, and since it cannot possibly be painted over to encapsulate it, the whole schmear has to come off.
I talked today with a rep from a lead abatement company because my landlord is dragging her heels on getting it fixed and under my state laws I can have it done and then deduct the cost from my rent. I'm left a little skeptical of some of the things he said. He told me that they can scrape everything off the plaster that will come off with scrapers and then wash it and prime it, but the problem with plaster is it "deteriorates" and between the plaster and any remaining lead paint that's stuck on there, the new paint job will probably fail at some point, sooner rather than later, and abatement will have to be done again.
I asked him about testing some samples from various parts of the house to see if they contain lead as well, and he said that even new paint contains lead (!) He says that any paint containing colors other than white will have detectable levels of lead, and under EPA rules that means that all the steps they do are necessary if any of the paint is removed or disturbed. Wouldn't that mean any disturbance, sanding, or scraping of any paint at all would be unsafe?
What do you all think about this stuff? If it were my house, I'd be tempted to plastic off the room, get a respirator and coveralls, wet the whole thing down and scrape it myself, but since it's *not* my house and the landlord is already aware of the lead issue, that's not an option.