Inconsistent EPA regulations increase lead poisoning risk to kids, study finds

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Two federal environmental standards regulating lead hazards in homes and child care facilities have different maximum thresholds, a discrepancy putting more than 35,000 kids in the United States at increased risk of lead poisoning.

That's according to a new study led by a Brown University researcher as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moves to revise protective standards for dust lead levels on floors and windowsills in buildings constructed before 1978. 

“Lead exposure presents a major risk to hundreds of thousands of children across the nation, and it’s imperative that federal EPA regulations offer a clear and consistent standard to reduce that risk,” said Joseph Braun, an associate professor of epidemiology at Brown. “Currently, these standards are counterproductive to public health.” READ MORE