The Latest On: Lead
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.”
Jennifer Chavez, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: "The states have shown that if there's not a strong federal minimum [of water standards], it will fall below that. [The Trump administration's aggressive approach to cutting regulations] is just ignoring history and evidence of what happens when regulations aren't in place."