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Implementation Status of the Lead Action Plan

FY 2019 Quarter 3 Status of Implementation of EPA Actions

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Table of Implementation of EPA Actions

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Goal Summaries

GOAL 1: REDUCE CHILDREN’S EXPOSURE TO LEAD SOURCES

Objective: 1.1
Reduce Children’s Exposure in Homes and Child-Occupied Facilities with Lead-Based Paint Hazards

Status

Consider revisions, as appropriate, to the dust-lead hazard standards to address childhood exposures to lead-contaminated dust generated from lead-based paint.

COMPLETED

Continue to implement regulations and other relevant authorities that require individuals and firms conducting lead-based paint abatement, risk assessment or inspection to be properly trained and certified, training programs to be accredited and these activities to be conducted according to reliable, effective and safe work practice standards.

on track

Increase the number (or percentage) of certified renovation firms capable of providing lead-safe renovation, repair and painting services through targeted outreach campaigns to contractors; continue to provide a nationwide list of certified renovation firms on the EPA’s website.

on track

Objective: 1.2
Reduce Exposure to Lead from Drinking Water

Status

Revise the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) based on input EPA recently received from state, tribal and local partners, as well as the best available peer reviewed science, to ensure the rule reflects the best ways to improve public health protection and reduce levels of lead in drinking water.

on track

Enhance implementation of the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) by engaging with state, tribal, local and other stakeholders to identify implementation challenges, best practices and tools to address these challenges.

on track

Assist schools and child care centers with the 3Ts approach (Training, Testing and Taking Action) to reduce lead in drinking water and increase the number of schools and child care centers that test and provide parents with information on how to minimize children’s exposure to lead in drinking water.

on track

Finalize regulatory changes to the definition of lead-free plumbing products and make other conforming changes to implement the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act and the Community Fire Safety Act enacted by Congress. The final regulation is expected to result in fewer sources of lead in drinking water by implementing new standards for lead content in plumbing materials used in new installations and repairs.

delayed

Collaborate with state and tribes to provide opportunities for low-interest loans and grants through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan program for updating and replacing drinking water infrastructure.

on track

Implement three newly authorized grant programs under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, for which Congress appropriated $50 million in FY 2018, to fund grants to small and disadvantaged communities for developing and maintaining infrastructure, for lead reduction projects, and to support the voluntary testing of drinking water by providing financial incentives to test, educate and replace infrastructure.

on track

Objective 1.3
Reduce Exposures to Lead in Soil

Status

Manage lead contamination at Superfund, RCRA Corrective Action and other sites to reduce exposure to community residents.

on track

Continue to reduce childhood exposures to lead in soils through removal, remedials and correctives actions at contaminated sites and reduce lead soil exposures to the most sensitive community residents.

on track

Continue to support the evaluation of lead exposure at contaminated sites and identify ways to protect the public’s health.

on track

Objective 1.4
Reduce Exposure to Lead Associated with Emissions to Ambient Air

Status

Continue to work with state and tribal air agencies to implement the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for lead and aim to reduce the number of areas violating the lead NAAQS.

on track

Evaluate the impacts of lead emissions from aircraft using leaded aviation fuel under the Clean Air Act.

on track

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GOAL 2: IDENTIFY LEAD-EXPOSED CHILDREN AND IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH OUTCOMES

EPA's federal partners lead the actions under Goal 2 which are focused on improving the identification of children exposed to lead through surveillance of blood lead levels (BLL) data and improving access to services and support designed to improve children's physical, developmental and mental health.

Please visit https://ptfceh.niehs.nih.gov for future updates  on Goal 2 of the Federal Lead Action Plan.

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GOAL 3: COMMUNICATE MORE EFFECTIVELY WITH STAKEHOLDERS

Objective 3.1
Consolidate and Streamline Federal Lead-Related Communication and Messaging

Status

Create an online portal to enhance, consolidate and streamline federal-wide communication to the public. Links will direct the public to agency-specific information. (Not everyone affected by lead exposures has access to the internet, and therefore, agencies will continue to provide access to paper materials).

on track

Provide periodic updates on the progress of implementing the Action Plan on the online portal.

on track

Objective 3.2
Improve Awareness of Lead Hazards, Prevention, and Remediation among Diverse Populations, Especially Those Most at Risk

Status

Utilize the Children's Centers and the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) to develop appropriate, evidence-based lead exposure prevention and intervention communication materials and disseminate them through the Centers' established community partnerships.

on track

Enhance partnerships with state, tribal and local governments, and key stakeholders (e.g., media, community groups, faith-based groups, advocacy groups, departments of health, departments of environmental quality, medical providers, philanthropies, federal grantees and others) that represent or serve communities at risk for childhood lead exposure.

on track

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GOAL 4: SUPPORT AND CONDUCT CRITICAL RESEARCH TO INFORM EFFORTS TO REDUCE LEAD EXPOSURES AND RELATED HEALTH RISKS

Objective
Key Priorities: Prioritize and address the critical research and data needs to inform lead policies and guide decisions

Status

Enhance and apply data and tools (e.g., models or approaches) and determine the key drivers of blood lead levels from multimedia exposures to inform lead regulatory decisions and site assessments.

on track

Generate data, maps and mapping tools to identify high exposure communities or locations and disparities for prioritization efforts to reduce children’s blood lead levels.

on track

Generate data to address critical gaps for reducing uncertainty in lead modeling and mapping for exposure/risk analyses and for estimating population-wide health benefits of actions to reduce lead exposures.

on track

Identify approaches to prevent, mitigate and communicate about lead exposures and risks in exposed communities.

on track

Evaluate the effectiveness of actions (e.g., interventions, programs, policies, enforcement) to prevent lead exposure, mitigate health effects and communicate on lead exposures/risks.

on track

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