Dear: Environmental Protection Agency,Docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2023-0231-0001, Please finalize these lead standards today
I am writing to urge you to finalize the new proposed rule for dust-lead standards. This proposal is a gigantic leap forward in this country's long-delayed efforts to eliminate and reduce lead exposures among the millions of people living in residences across the country with lead-based paint, as well as the many children who attend childcare facilities where lead paint is present.
You, the EPA, estimates that this rule (if finalized) would result in monetized benefits ranging from $1.1 billion to $4.7 billion per year – all from increased lifetime earnings based on improved cognitive function that will result from the implementation of this rule. It will also have other significant benefits in avoided adverse health effects in children, including attention-related behavioral problems, reduced post-natal growth, delayed puberty, and decreased kidney function, and avoided adverse health effects in adults, including cardiovascular deaths and reproductive harm. In other words, finalizing this rule will result in significant health and life-improvement benefits.
These lead exposure issues are also an environmental justice issue. This proposed rule would reduce lead exposures for between 217,000 and 436,000 children per year. This rule will particularly benefit children in low-wealth households and Black children, who face disproportionately high exposures to lead dust from paint.
Given the many public health benefits of this rule, it is vital to finalize it as soon as possible.