Tell the EPA to ban a significant source of lead now

What's At Stake

Regulators are ignoring a significant source of lead exposure that threatens public health and harms our environment. 

Lead wheel weights —the unassuming metal bars added to your wheels by your local mechanic when rebalancing your tires—are a big source of lead in our communities. These weights fall off wheels and are worn down into dust, which introduces lead into our urban landscapes and waterways.

 Join Earthjustice clients who are urgently challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s prolonged inaction on banning lead wheel weights. Tell the EPA to ban this source of lead pollution now.  

Research links exposure to lead, especially among children who are most susceptible, to devastating health consequences. Even in small amounts, lead can cause irreversible neurodevelopmental harm in children, and in adults, low-level lead exposure is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality from all sources.  

Federal action to regulate lead wheel weights is necessary to uphold this Administration’s stated commitment to protect children from lead. Nine states have led the way by regulating the sale, use, and installation of lead wheel weights within their borders. But a state-by-state approach cannot address the national market for lead wheel weights. 

Alternatives to lead wheel weights exist and are readily available. There is no excuse for allowing lead wheel weights to continue polluting our communities and our environment. It’s time to hold the EPA accountable for protecting our health and the health of our environment. Demand that the EPA fulfills its duty and protects public health by banning lead wheel weights now and secure a lead-free future for everyone living in the U.S. 

A youth scientist who asked the U.S. EPA to ban lead wheel weights holds up a fragmented part of a lead wheel weight found a block from the U.S. EPA building along Constitution Ave., in Washington D.C.
A youth scientist who spoke to the U.S. EPA to ask the agency to ban lead wheel weights holds up a fragmented part of a lead wheel weight found a block from the U.S. EPA building along Constitution Ave., in Washington D.C. (Matt Roth for Earthjustice)

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