Monday, July 11, 2016

U.S. Senators Durbin and Menendez Urge EPA to Toughen Lead Hazard Standards

In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) expressed concerned concerns about the low lead poisoning standards that have proven to inadequately protect children. Even small amounts of lead dust can lasting problems with growth and development in children and brain, nervous system, kidney, and stomach problems for adults.

“We are concerned that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (Agency) current lead hazard standards, such as lead-contaminated dust and lead-contaminated soil, are ineffective and do not reflect the best and most recent scientific evidence available,” wrote the senators. “Without reliable, safe, and protective standards in place, we are incapable of protecting children from lead poisoning and its devastating consequences. We urge the Agency to conduct a thorough review of its current regulations related to lead standards and expedite revisions accordingly.”

With the recent devastations from lead poisoning in Michigan and many reports that lead poisoning is most prominent in lower income communities, it's unsurprising both Senators are taking issue with the low standards.

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Contractors and construction workers have to stay particularly vigilant when working on older homes. If you attend to remove lead, you must be certified for Lead Abatement. If you are working on pre-1978 homes or child occupied facilities you must be a certified Lead Renovator.

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