Lead-Based Paint

Each year of additional delay exposes 1.4 million children to risk of lead poisoning

The Environmental Protection Agency is nearly a decade late in adopting basic lead-safe rules for repairs and renovations of older homes. Each year of additional delay exposes 1.4 million children to risk of lead poisoning. Under President Clinton, EPA’s anti-lead efforts were tardy but were fitfully proceeding. Under President George W. Bush, however, progress on lead-safe rules grounded to a complete halt. In 2004, EPA secretly ordered that the rules be abandoned altogether.

PEER exposed EPA’s secret actions and is leading a campaign to force the adoption of tough lead-safe rules that will save thousands of American children from the negative mental, developmental and physical effects of exposure to lead dust.

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