The Environmental Protection Agency set a maximum legal level of lead in our air almost 30 years ago, when scientists understood far less about lead than they do today. Since then, the Centers for Disease Control has twice lowered the blood lead level at which medical intervention is recommended, and has now concluded that no level is safe. The EPA, however, did nothing to improve its three-decades-old standard despite laws requiring it to review its standards every five years. In response, in 2005 a federal court ordered the agency to review the lead standard in light of current science.
Although the EPA’s own scientists and advisers have concluded that, to adequately protect public safety, the agency should significantly strengthen the current airborne lead standard of 1.5 micrograms per cubic meter to a level below 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter, EPA Administrator Johnson has proposed a range of standards between 0.1 and 0.3 micrograms per cubic meter. Based on the latest science, the EPA’s own scientists think that the high end of the proposed range is not safe.
Send a comment by the July 21st deadline telling the EPA to strengthen the standards to levels that will protect children from this dangerous toxin.
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