E.P.A. Proposes Tighter Limits on Lead Dust in Homes and Child Care Facilities
The Biden administration has proposed stronger requirements for the removal of lead-based paint dust in homes and child care facilities built before 1978, aiming to eliminate lead exposure. The proposed regulation would categorize any amount of lead dust in floors and window sills as "hazardous," requiring abatement. The Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) estimates that the new regulation could reduce lead exposure for up to 500,000 young children annually. The proposed rule does not mandate proactive testing for lead dust but triggers testing if a child shows symptoms of lead exposure. Property owners would be responsible for cleanup if any level of lead dust is confirmed. The regulation targets child care centers, preschools, and kindergarten classrooms, as young children are at high risk of exposure. The rule is open for public comment for 60 days before finalization and implementation.