The Environmental Protection Agency recognizes that lead poisoning is the top environmental health threat in the U.S. for children under 6—so why are the agency’s standards to identify and address the lead found in household paint and dust still falling short of protecting children’s health?
Thanks to a lawsuit filed by Earthjustice on behalf of community groups, a federal court of appeals has concluded that the EPA’s current standards are insufficient and ordered the agency to revise its woefully outdated definitions of what constitutes a “dust-lead hazard” and what qualifies as a lead-based paint.
Now we need your help to urge the EPA to enact the strongest possible standards, to protect children from lead exposure in their own homes.
Lead exposure, particularly during childhood, ruins the full potential of every life it touches. And it’s well documented that low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately affected.
Lead affects virtually every system in the human body, but it is an especially potent neurotoxin. Even in tiny amounts, lead can have irreversible consequences for children, including diminished I.Q., learning disabilities, hyperactivity and impaired hearing.
One of the most common causes of lead exposure in children in this country is the ingestion of dust that contains lead from deteriorating lead-based paint in the home.
We must seize this opportunity to push the EPA to do what is right, just and long overdue: update its lead-based paint hazard standards to the most protective levels reflective of current science, in order to protect thousands of children across the country.