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The Latest On: Lead

June 29, 2018 | From the Experts

Weighing In on EPA’s Lead Proposal

Public comments on the EPA’s proposed update to the dust-lead hazard standard urge the agency to adopt a more protective rule.

December 27, 2017 | In the News: New York Times

Appeals Court Orders E.P.A. to Update Lead Paint Rules, Quickly

Eve C. Gartner, Attorney, Earthjustice: “This is going to protect the brains of thousands of children across the country. It’s going to mean that children that otherwise would have developed very elevated blood lead levels will be protected from the damage associated with that, assuming E.P.A. follows the court order.”

December 27, 2017 | Legal Document

9th Circuit Opinion in Dust Lead Hazard Standards Case

The panel granted a petition for writ of mandamus brought by environmental groups seeking to compel the United States Environmental Protection Agency to act upon a rulemaking petition it granted years ago concerning dust-lead hazard and lead-paint standards.

December 27, 2017 | Article

Why Lead Standards Matter

Earthjustice is partnering with community groups to fight for just and protective EPA standards for lead in the dust and paint in our homes.

August 1, 2017 | Fact Sheet

Summary of Washington, DC Council’s last‐minute weakening revisions to the “Childhood Lead Exposure Prevention Amendment Act of 2017” Current

In June 2017, with no public hearing, DC Councilmembers agreed to weaken the protective force of the original bill, by changing the target concentration level from 1 ppb to 5 ppb. As a result, drinking water sources dispensing as much as 5 ppb will not be shut off or remediated but instead will be treated as acceptable. Parents will be able to access all their school’s test results online, but will not be entitled under this law to demand shut‐off and remediation for sources dispending lead in concentrations as high as 5 ppb.
June 12, 2017 | In the News: Courthouse News

Ninth Circuit Considers Pushing EPA for Revised Lead Guidelines

Hannah Chang, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: “This is a case where it is egregious—it is extraordinary. This is for a poison where the effects are known, and EPA is not contesting that permanent harms are done from such exposure. Taking this amount of time is simply unacceptable. Those kids have already lived the first six years of their lives, which is when they are most vulnerable to lead, in these poison surroundings, unknowingly and with permanent brain damage as a result, and now EPA is asking for another six years, potentially more, to reach a final standard.”