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It’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, and Earthjustice is partnering with community groups to fight for just and protective EPA standards for lead in the dust and paint in our homes.

If a lead inspector came to your house and told you that your house paint was not lead-based and that your house dust isn’t a lead hazard, you’d think you and your family were definitely safe from exposure to lead in your home, right? 

Well, you’d be wrong.

That’s because of a couple lines of text in outdated U.S. EPA regulations that define what constitutes a “dust-lead hazard” and what qualifies as “lead-based paint.” In both cases, the EPA’s standards fall far short of protecting human health.  

The updated chemical safety law has the potential to make Americans a whole lot safer.

[Editor’s note: Recently, the EPA announced that it will move quickly to evaluate five persistent, bio accumulative and toxic chemicals under the updated chemical safety law, known as the Toxic Substances Control Act, which mandates that the agency review existing chemicals under specific deadlines. Under the old law, only five of 62,000-plus chemicals on the market have been banned since 1976.]

pumpjacks extract oil from an oilfield in Kern County, Calif.

The threat of fracking looms large in California, where the Bureau of Land Management rubber-stamps fracking proposals left and right. But now, an Earthjustice lawsuit will force the bureau to complete an environmental review of fracking on one million acres of grassy hills and plains in central California.

Flags fly at the Sacred Stone Camp, Cannonball, North Dakota.

This past week saw several developments in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's legal fight to protect its drinking water, sacred history and children's future from the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Represented by Earthjustice, the tribe filed a lawsuit on July 27 against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, after the agency granted permits needed for the pipeline to be constructed.

Here's what happened:

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