Tighter standards announced for lead dust in homes built before 1978

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Federal, state, and local officials gathered at Methodist Le Bonheur Friday to announce tighter standards for lead dust in homes built before 1978.

The EPA says it is one of the most important commitments under the Federal Lead Action Plan introduced in 2018.

Lead poisoning causes learning disabilities in children and can only be confirmed through blood tests.

“Today’s final rule is the first time in 18 years that we are lowering the amount of lead defined as a hazard in target housing, housing built before 1978, when lead-based was phased out in child-occupied facilities across the countries,” says Mary Walker, administrator for the EPA Southeast Region.

These standards will apply to inspections, risk assessments, and to abatement activities in pre-1978 homes, schools, and hospitals in the U.S.

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