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Implementation Status of the Lead Action Plan

Implementation Status of EPA Actions Under the 2018 Federal Action Plan To Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Associated Health Impacts: Fiscal Year 2019, 4th Quarter

Updates are July 1 through September 30, 2019. On this page:

GOAL 1: REDUCE CHILDREN'S EXPOSURE TO LEAD SOURCES

Objective Action Status* 4Q FY 19 Accomplishments 1Q FY 20 Next Steps More Information

Objective 1.1
Reduce Children's Exposure in Homes and Cf hild-Occupied Facilities with Lead-Based Paint Hazards

The Dust-Lead Hazard Standards final rule was completed and signed on 6/21/19. See EPA's press release.
Consider changes to the post-abatement clearance levels consistent with the final revisions to the dust-lead hazard standards.

On track

EPA is considering changes to the post-abatement clearance levels consistent with the final revisions to the dust-lead hazard standards

Continue considering changes to the post-abatement clearance levels.

As a part of EPA's efforts to reduce childhood lead exposure, EPA finalized a revision to the Dust-Lead Hazard Standards (DLHS) for floors and window sills. These standards apply to most pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities, such as daycare centers and schools. The final rule revised the DLHS from 40 µg/ft2 and 250 µg/ft2 to 10 µg/ft2 and 100 µg/ft2 on floors and window sills, respectively.
During the DLHS rulemaking process, EPA indicated it would review the dust-lead clearance levels at a later date. EPA is now considering changes to the post-abatement clearance levels consistent with the final revisions to the dust-lead hazard standards. To update the dust-lead clearance levels, EPA must take several steps such as conducting health, exposure and economic analyses.

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

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

EPA conducted 355 compliance assistance and 685 outreach activities that supported abatement, risk assessment and inspection components of the Lead-Based Paint Program.

Report the number of compliance assistance and outreach activities that support abatement, risk assessment and inspection components of EPA's Lead-Based Paint Program.

EPA provides annual funding to authorized states and tribal programs that administer training and certification programs for lead professionals and renovation contractors. Examples of activities include: outreach, education, oversight and processing accreditation applications.

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

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 EPA's website.

On track

EPA updated the list of certified renovation firms. A total of 1843 new RRP firms were certified and 7991 contractors received RRP training.

The EPA conducted 709 compliance assistance activities to increase the number of RRP certified firms.

Publish updated list of certified renovation firms on EPA's website.

Report the total number of RRP firms certified and contractors trained. 

EPA provides annual funding to authorized states and tribal programs that administer training and certification programs for lead professionals and renovation contractors.

Objective 1.2
Reduce Exposure to Lead from Drinking Water

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

Participated in EO 12866 review of the proposed National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) for Lead and Copper Rule Revisions.

Publish the NPDWR for Lead and Copper Rule Revisions for public comment.

Objective 1.2
Reduce Exposure to Lead from Drinking water

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

On track

Hosted webinars on lead service line replacement. This series showcased best practices for states and utilities on how to implement a voluntary lead service line replacement program.
September's webinar focused on large utility programs. The webinar featured a presentation from EPA Office of Research Development that sought participants for a new research project focused on lead service lines as well as presentations from Central Arkansas Water and Louisville Water that described their lead service line replacement programs.
In July 2019, EPA and the U.S. Department of Education hosted a webinar on Reducing Lead in Drinking Water. The Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS) within the U.S. Department of Education (ED), and its Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance (REMS TA) Center highlighted the impacts of lead exposure on the learning environment and steps other agencies can take to integrate lead testing and reduction programs into school emergency management planning and emergency operations plans. EPA discussed the tools available to support states and localities with lead testing and reduction.
EPA's Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS) Data Management Advisory Committee sponsored a Best Practices Webinar on the L for the SDWIS community in September 2019. The 2-hour webinar which covered data entry and best practices for LCR management was attended by over 100 participants from state drinking water programs. 
EPA partnered with HUD to aid with the potential cost associated with lead service line replacement to support states and cities to fully utilize the suite of funding and financing options provided by the federal government. These options included the EPA's Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act grant programs and the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act financing programs as well as HUD's Community Development Block Grants. Additionally, EPA assisted entities as they considered using these funding mechanisms, the EPA and HUD developed a comprehensive website that provided information on how to use, apply for and meet the requirements of each program.
EPA HQ and the regions continued to meet regularly to discuss LCR challenges and strengthen implementation nationwide.
Continued to update the Leaders in Reducing Lead story map by adding best practices that showcase how communities nationwide are removing lead service lines voluntarily. The Leaders in Reducing Lead storymap is an interactive way to learn about programs across the country that are removing lead service lines and reducing lead in drinking water in schools and child care facilities. Users will find detailed case studies and will learn how the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and EPA's revision of the Lead and Copper Rule support the efforts of communities in replacing their lead service lines.
Users will find resources to test for and reduce lead in drinking water in schools and child care facilities, including the recently announced Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) grant and the new 3Ts Toolkit.

Continue to host webinars on lead service line replacement. This series showcases best practices for states and utilities implementing a voluntary lead service line replacement program. December's webinar will focus on small water utility challenges. All webinars are being recorded and posted as a reference of case studies and best practices to the EPA's website.
Continue to update the Leaders in Reducing Lead story map by adding best practices that showcase how communities nationwide are removing lead service lines voluntarily.

View Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) tools and resources.
EPA's Leaders in Reducing Lead in Drinking Water website.

Objective 1.2

Reduce Exposure to Lead from Drinking Water

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

Continued to work with states, utilities and local organizations to showcase efforts to reduce lead in drinking water within schools and child care centers across the country.
Continued to add case studies to the Leaders in Reducing Lead in Drinking Water map.
Updated an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Reducing Lead Levels in Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities. The updated MOU will include current and new partners aimed to provide a more meaningful coordinated approach to help schools and child care programs. This was done in conjunction with the recently revised 3Ts toolkit and the newly announced Lead Testing in Schools and Child Care Programs Drinking Water grant authorized by the WIIN Act.
Updated a resource guide to help schools and child care facilities implement programs and policies to reduce children's exposure to lead in drinking water. This document included approximately 200 funding sources from federal programs, state programs and foundations/companies.

EPA's 3Ts Guidance is a comprehensive resource for schools and child care facilities implementing a lead testing in drinking water program. The 3Ts document is being created in Spanish version and will be accompanied with communication templates for parents.

View tools and resources to reduce lead in drinking water in schools and child care facilities.

Objective 1.2
Reduce Exposure to Lead from Drinking Water

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.

On track

Prepared final regulation and supporting technical documentation for the final rule to be published in winter 2020.

Submit final regulation to OMB for review.

Use of Lead Free Pipes, Fittings, Fixtures, Solder and Flux for Drinking Water

Objective 1.2
Reduce Exposure to Lead from Drinking Water

Collaborate with states 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

Continued to work with selected borrowers invited to apply for WIFIA financing in FY18. 12 of the selected projects address the reduction of lead or other drinking water contaminants. EPA closed four loans in FY 2018, two of which address the reduction of lead or other drinking water contaminants.
In response to the EPA's third Notice of Funding Availability (FY19 round), the Agency received 51 letters of interest (LOI), collectively requesting $6.6 billion in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) funding. This exceeds the $6 billion that EPA is offering, demonstrating the critical need for investment in our nation's water infrastructure and strong interest in the WIFIA program. Thirteen of the LOIs received proposed reducing exposure to lead in the nation's drinking water systems or ensures continuous compliance with contaminant limits.
Selected borrowers invited to apply for WIFIA financing in FY19 will be notified in October 2019.

Select and notify borrowers invited to apply for WIFIA financing in FY19.
Continue to work with selected borrowers invited to apply for WIFIA financing in FY18.

Apply for WIFIA financing in FY18.

WIFIA FY18 Selected Projects

WIFIA FY19 Letters of Interest.

Objective 1.2
Reduce Exposure to Lead from Drinking Water

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 in schools and child care centers.
These programs decrease exposure to lead in drinking water by providing financial incentives to test, educate and replace infrastructure.

On track

Continued to develop and release relevant grant implementation materials.
Reviewed state workplans for the Lead Testing in Schools and Child Care Programs Drinking Water Grant authorized by the WIIN Act and begin awarding grants to states. All states and the District of Columbia submitted applications for grant funding.
EPA awarded the first grants to states under the WIIN Lead Testing in School and Child Care Program Drinking Water Grant Program. 
EPA opened applications on Grants.gov for the WIIN Small and Disadvantaged Grant. Funding is expected to be awarded this fall and throughout FY 2020 as state applications come in.

EPA anticipates issuing the RFA for the $21.8M WIIN Reduction in Lead Exposure Grant in late 2019. This grant prioritizes projects in disadvantaged communities with ongoing action level exceedances or in facilities that serve children.

View more information on the WIIN Grants.

Objective 1.3
Reduce Exposure to Lead in Soil

Manage lead contamination at Superfund, RCRA Corrective Action and other sites to reduce exposure to community residents.
Continue to reduce childhood exposures to lead in soils through removal, remedial and corrective actions at contaminated sites and reduce lead soil exposures to the most sensitive community residents.
Continue to support the evaluation of lead exposure at contaminated sites and identify ways to protect the public's health.

On track

Addressed sites where lead is reported to be a contaminant of concern at Superfund Remedial sites (includes both National Priorities List sites and Superfund Alternative Approach sites, the Superfund Remedial Program completed 10 remedial actions and is continuing work on 176 sites.
The Superfund Removal Program completed 7 removal actions (including emergency, time critical, and non-time critical actions) and continued work on 42 removal actions for sites where lead is a contaminant of concern. It should be noted that a site may have multiple cleanup actions. During this quarter, cleanup actions were also completed at 4 Federal Facilities where lead is a contaminant of concern.

Continue to manage lead contamination at Superfund, RCRA Corrective Action, and other sites to reduce exposure to community residents. Efforts expected to include:
Continue to reduce childhood exposures to lead in soils through removal, remedial and corrective actions at contaminated sites and reduce lead soil exposures to the most sensitive community residents.
Continue to support the evaluation of lead exposure at contaminated sites and identify ways to protect the public's health. Actions will include distributing outreach materials to regions gathered through the Interagency Task Force.

This work is important as the cleanup of lead-contaminated sites has been shown to reduce blood lead levels in children living on or near these sites.
Research is being conducted to improve the Agency's understanding of the degree to which Superfund cleanups may lower blood lead levels at a wider range of lead contaminated sites. EPA's National Center for Environmental Economics and Office of Land and Emergency Management have compiled a dataset that links two decades of blood lead level measurements from children in six states with EPA data on the location and characteristics of Superfund sites, as well as other determinants of lead exposure. The investigation uses advanced statistical methods to identify the relationship between proximity to Superfund cleanups and rates of elevated blood lead levels.
The research indicates that Superfund cleanup lowered the risk of elevated blood lead levels by roughly 8 to 18% for children living within 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) of a Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) site where lead is a contaminant of concern. Learn more.

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

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

Finalized Design Values (2016-2018) for all 22 2008 NAAQS nonattainment areas and other violating areas.

Continue to work with states to monitor lead emissions and work towards taking action on 2008 Lead NAAQS redesignation requests and maintenance plans.

Eleven of the 22 initial areas designated nonattainment for the 2008 Pb NAAQS "Green Book" are attaining. For the majority of the remaining nonattainment areas, lead emissions and monitored concentrations are declining due to implemented control measures and all nonattainment areas have fulfilled air quality implementation plan requirements.

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

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

On track

Finalizing two technical reports: Model-extrapolated Estimates of Airborne Lead Concentrations at U.S. Airports and National Analysis of Populations Residing Near or Attending School Near U.S. Airports.

Post the completed technical reports to EPA's website.

Airport Lead Monitoring and Modeling

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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 level 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 Action Status* 4Q FY 19 Accomplishments 1Q FY 20 Next Steps More Information

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

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 printed materials).

On track

Continued to refresh links, connect links, and add new content as EPA makes progress on its actions to increase transparency.
Worked to develop and update content as it relates to reducing leading lead exposures for materials for Children's Health Month and Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

Continue to refresh links and connect links to web page as applicable. To honor EPA's commitments, we will continue to provide periodic updates on EPA's progress.
Update Children's Health Month and Lead Poisoning Prevention Week content to the web.

www.epa.gov/lead

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

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

On track

Updated the web page Implementation Status for EPA Actions Under the 2018 Federal Action Plan: To Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Associated Health Impacts with the Q3 Status Report.

Will continue to update the web page periodically.

www.epa.gov/leadactionplanimplementation

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

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

On track

PEHSUs trained pediatric health professionals in lead testing, how to increase testing rates, and how to improve treatment and follow up care for children exposed to lead. Working with the American Academy of Pediatrics, PEHSU trained 65 professionals in CA, MD, NH, NY, UT, and WA with the ability to reach over 10,000 patients.
In collaboration with the Pediatric Associates clinic at Mount Sinai, the Region 2 PEHSU implemented a screening program to identify harmful environmental exposures such as lead, mold, pests, tobacco smoke, as well as questions about food insecurity, healthcare access, housing, and education/development. The PEHSU screened 4821 families and referred 1092 to environmental health resources this year.
The Region 10 PEHSU educated over 550 Washington and Oregon clinicians, including those working with refugees, on the importance of pediatric lead screening.
The Region 9 PEHSU noticed an increase in lead poisoning among immigrant children from use of lead-containing imported makeup. In response, the Western States PEHSU developed a set of fact sheets on the risks of using these products on children. The fact sheets are available in Dari, Pashto, Urdu, Hindi, Arabic and Somali, each with an English translation. At the request of state public health officials, the PEHSU stepped in to provide clear and concise advice and translated their fact sheet into seven languages to provide direct reach to the communities. See Reducing Childhoon Lead Poisoning in Immigrant Communities from Imported Makeup.
The Region 8 PEHSU developed and disseminated materials for available to region-wide partners such as departments of environmental health and/or public health and clinicians, such as brochures and posters about protecting children from exposure to lead. The PEHSU exhibited at Utah and Colorado annual public health meetings to educate attendees about lead in children. The PEHSU attended the National Association of School Nurses annual meeting and displayed many of the newly-developed lead-specific materials for an audience of 1500 attendees.
The PEHSU network created outreach materials to alert public health officials about lead and inform them of services and resources available from PEHSUs, building on past presentations to the American Public Health Association.
The Region 3 PEHSU developed videos and fact sheets on lead in soil in English and Spanish to inform families of potential risks and how to minimize exposures to children from lead in soil. Materials are shared with families near current and former Superfund sites where lead is a contaminant of concern and throughout the region for lead outreach efforts. The PEHSU trained community health workers, health educators and others on how to conduct an environmental assessment in the home to help families reduce exposures to children. Two in-person trainings were provided in English and Spanish in communities with high incidence of childhood lead and asthma. Webinars planned in English and Spanish will allow for other communities to be reached throughout the region.
The Region 3 PEHSU presented at the Mid-Atlantic Lead Forum in Hunt Valley, Maryland. This forum was sponsored by EPA's Region 3 and included opening remarks by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler (view his remarks) and a presentation by EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection. 

Continue to support the work of PEHSUs in providing expert consultations to health care providers on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lead exposure during pregnancy and childhood; addressing childhood lead exposure in grand rounds, medical and nursing educational settings and seminars; providing expertise to lay audiences through briefings, conferences and webinars; and, collaborating with research centers on research translation and messaging on a variety of children's health issues, including lead.

PEHSUs are a twenty-year-old network of experts uniquely qualified to train health care providers on the prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment of lead exposure in children. There are 11 units around the country, several of which were originally lead clinics. EPA provides support to the PEHSU program that ATSDR designs, funds and manages. Learn more at: www.pehsu.net.

Objective 3.2

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

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

EPA collaborated with over 200 tribal representatives to evaluate the feasibility, understanding, and design of a new tribal lead (Pb) curriculum (i.e., Lead Awareness in Indian Country: Keeping our Children Healthy!)to best serve tribes.
Seven pilot training events of the new tribal lead (Pb) curriculum were conducted in partnership with the Oneida Nation, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, the Eight Northern Indian Pueblo Council, the National Tribal Toxics Council, and the National-EPA Tribal Science Council. These events gathered feedback to make modifications and identified how the curriculum can be best delivered.

Review tribal feedback and make appropriate revisions to the draft curriculum

The curriculum intends to raise awareness about childhood lead exposures; potential impacts on children's health and cultural practices; and encourage actions that can be taken to reduce and/or prevent lead exposures.
The curriculum is formatted to allow tribal communities to adapt information to meet individual needs and internal discussions. The curriculum consists of four modules:
Module 1: Understanding Lead - provides an overview of lead, its impacts, and actions that can be taken to reduce potential lead exposures and lead poisoning; Module 2: Effective Cleaning Techniques - explains and demonstrates recommended cleaning techniques for reducing household lead dust; Module 3: Personal Hygiene and Nutrition - focuses on the connection between personal hygiene and nutrition for children and potential exposures to lead; and Module 4: Hiring Certified Lead Professionals - emphasizes the importance of hiring a certified lead professional to follow lead-safe work practices to reduce exposures to lead.

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

Objective Action Status* 4Q FY 19 Accomplishments 1Q FY 20 Next Steps More Information

Key Priorities:
Prioritize and Address the Critical Research and Data Needs to Inform Lead Policies and Guide Decisions

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

Continued to co-lead the development of a cross-agency research workshop with HHS and HUD, currently planned for Dec 2019 in Bethesda, MD (for all parts of Goal 4).
Application of lead multimedia exposure and biokinetic models, expertise in water sampling and premise plumbing, and expertise in health impacts estimation in support of the Lead and Copper Rule revisions.
External peer review of the All-Ages Lead Model (AALM) by the Science Advisory Board to potentially expand Agency's capacity to incorporate intermittent and adult lead exposures to regulatory and risk assessment decisions.  

Co-lead cross-Agency research workshop with HHS and HUD, including participation of CDC/ATSDR, FDA, CPSA and other agencies, Bethesda, MD.
Continued progress on evaluation of Integrated Exposure-Uptake Biokinetic (IEUBK) model used for regulatory decisions.

 

Key Priorities:
Prioritize and Address the Critical Research and Data Needs to Inform Lead Policies and Guide Decisions

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

Continued receipt and analysis of incoming drinking water samples from the HUD sponsored American Healthy Homes Survey II.
Researched bioaccessibility that links soil chemistry, lead levels and microbiology at contaminated sites. 
Participated with CDC and HUD in EPA-led session at the National Environmental Health Association Conference on lead mapping efforts to identify high exposure locations.

Co-lead cross-agency research workshop with HHS and HUD, including participation of CDC/ATSDR, FDA, CPSA, and other agencies, Bethesda, MD.
Provide technical assistance to other regional partners as they work on identifying high exposure locations.

 

Key Priorities:
Prioritize and Address the Critical Research and Data Needs to Inform Lead Policies and Guide Decisions

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

Continued to co-lead the development of a cross-agency research workshop with HHS and HUD.
Continued analysis of incoming multimedia samples from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sponsored American Healthy Homes Survey II.

Co-lead cross-agency research workshop with HHS and HUD, including participation of CDC/ATSDR, FDA, CPSA, and other agencies, Bethesda, MD.
Continue receipt and analysis of incoming multimedia samples from the HUD sponsored American Healthy Homes Survey II.

For more information on the , visit: HUD sponsored American Healthy Homes Survey II.

Key Priorities:
Prioritize and Address the Critical Research and Data Needs to Inform Lead Policies and Guide Decisions

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

On track

Provided ongoing technical support to assess effectiveness of corrosion control treatment in multiple cities applying innovative lead mitigation methods for addressing lead in drinking water, including field and lab technical support for Agency and NJ state and municipal efforts in Newark NJ.
Conducted EPA's Office of Research and Development 16th Annual Drinking Water Workshop: Small Systems Challenges and Solutions, held in Cincinnati, September 24-25, 2019, with more than 500 participants. Included session on lead corrosion, a keynote on lead, and breakout sessions on corrosion and lead in schools.

Co-lead cross-agency research workshop with HHS and HUD, including participation of CDC/ATSDR, FDA, CPSA, and other agencies, Bethesda, MD.
Provide ongoing technical support to assess effectiveness of corrosion control treatment in multiple cities applying innovative lead mitigation methods for addressing lead in drinking water.

EPA Office of Research and Development and Region 6, in partnership with Region 6 states and the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, held the May 21-22 workshop to provide information and training relevant to small drinking water systems. This meeting was an extension of EPA's Annual Drinking Water Workshop, and the first designed to bring together EPA and regional experts to focus on small systems challenges that states in the region are facing. The objectives were: 1) Understand compliance issues faced by small drinking water systems in Region 6 states; 2) Address these technical challenges through ideas and information exchange; and 3) Provide a forum for networking. Region 6 has been receiving positive feedback from their respective States on the meeting content and the information that was brought back with the attendees.  

Key Priorities:
Prioritize and Address the Critical Research and Data Needs to Inform Lead Policies and Guide Decisions

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

Continued to co-lead the development of a cross-agency research workshop with HHS and HUD.

EPA, with support from the Douglas County Health Department and the City of Omaha, is conducting a study to determine the effectiveness of the actions to address lead contamination in residential soil, dust and paint at the Omaha Lead Superfund Site in reducing elevated blood-lead levels in young children.

 

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