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EPA Launches Lead Exposure Effort to Help Vulnerable Communities

Sept. 27, 2021, 6:01 PM

The EPA is making its lead training efforts free to contractors working in low-income and other underserved neighborhoods and distributing educational materials to help community leaders educate residents to protect children from exposures.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Enhancing Lead-Safe Work Practices through Education and Outreach initiative is meant to reduce childrens’ exposures to lead, including in lead-based paint in older homes, child-care, and other facilities serving children.

About half of young children tested for lead had some detectable levels in their blood, according to a study published Monday in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics.

EPA’s new ...