Thursday, October 16, 2008

New EPA lead standard: an improvement, but weaker than sought by agency's children's health advisory panel

The US EPA is tightening the national airquality standard for lead. But it is not tightening it as much asrecommended by the agency's children's health advisory panel. And the agency has ignored the advice of its science advisers, who had recommended the new standard be averaged over an hourly basis.

Also note the good move to require more monitors, thoughapparently state agencies could stop monitoring near industrial sites insome cases.Although this is a move in a more positive direction, many children will still face the risk of unnecessarily high levels of lead in their blood.

That is the judgment of EPA's children's health advisory panel. And children are the ones mainly at risk here.

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