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The Latest On: Lead

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.”

March 15, 2017 | In the News: Mother Jones

This Lead-Poisoned City Could Be Trump's Flint

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."

January 15, 2017 | In the News: Hoodline

Childhood Lead Levels In Some SF Neighborhoods Near Flint, MI Levels

Eve Gartner, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: “Most commonly what we’re talking about [in housing] is lead dust ... Kids crawl on the floor and get this light layer of dust on their hands and they put their hands in their mouths, or the dust gets on some object and they put the object in their mouth. With this upcoming administration, who knows whether the EPA will ever update their standard.”