Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | October 17, 2008

Lawyer Sanders says U.S. EPA issues new tougher lead standards under NAAQS provisions of the Clean Air Act.

U.S. EPA reduced the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for lead with the signing of the final rule on October 15, 2008. The agency reduced the standard from the 1.5 micrograms of lead per cubic meter of air, which was set in 1978, to 0.15 micrograms per cubic meter.  That is a whopping ten-fold decrease in concentration levels for lead.

In September 2005, the U.S. District Court in St. Louis ordered the lead NAAQS review and set the schedule for the review in response to a lawsuit by the Missouri Coalition for the Environment. Consistent with the terms of the court’s order, the EPA Administrator signed the notice of final rulemaking October 15, 2008, for publication in the Federal Register.  EPA’s final rule on the revised lead standard is at: http://www.epa.gov/air/lead/pdfs/20081015_pb_naaqs_final.pdf 

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