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, EPAs 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 EPAs 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.