Apr 29, 2008

Call for Proposed EPA Lead Standard Support

FROM: ucsusa
The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to release its proposed new standards for regulating lead air pollution, known as the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for lead. 
The ucsusa is requesting experts sign the EPA a letter supporting this EPA standard.
Please visit their site www.ucsusa.org/EPAscience if you are an expert who supports improving national air quality standards.
Since EPA first passed the current lead NAAQS in 1978, our scientific and medical understanding of lead exposures and their severe health consequences has grown considerably.  Lead is a cumulative neurotoxin to which children are particularly vulnerable, with evidence linking environmental exposures to lowered IQ levels, increased likelihood of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and decreased school performance.  In adults, lead exposure has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular mortality, atherosclerosis, and renal disease.  While the CDC has repeatedly lowered their level of concern regarding lead, EPA has not be unable to tightened the standard since it was originally written thirty years ago.