Lead in Air
Lead Air Quality Standards
The Clean Air Act requires EPA to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for lead and five other criteria pollutants. The Clean Air Act established two types of national air quality standards for lead.
- Primary standards set limits to protect public health, including the health of "sensitive" populations such as asthmatics, children, and the elderly.
- Secondary standards set limits to protect public welfare, including protection against visibility impairment, damage to animals, crops, vegetation, and buildings.
The Clean Air Act requires EPA to review the latest scientific information and standards every five years. Before new standards are established, policy decisions undergo rigorous review by the scientific community, industry, public interest groups, the general public and the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC).
National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Lead
Learn more about the National Ambient Air Quality Standards
2005-2008 Standards Review
- Criteria Documents
- Staff Papers
- Planning Documents
- Technical Documents
- CASAC Documents
- FR Notices
For more information