Lead

Newsroom Archive

September 2013

  • September 24, 2013 -- EPA published a report on “How to Identify Lead-Free Certification Marks for Drinking Water System & Plumbing Materials.” Read more.

August 2013

  • August 6, 2013 -- CPSC announces a recall of certain children's bedroom furniture due to lead paint. Read the announcement.

July 2013

  • July 31, 2013 -- CPC announces a recall of certain children’s outdoor furniture due to lead paint. Read the announcement.

June 2013

  • June 26, 2013 -- EP released the final report "Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for Lead," which provides a concise review, synthesis, and evaluation of the most policy-relevant science to serve as a scientific foundation for the review of the Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). Read the announcement.

May 2013

  • May 13, 2013 -- EPA published a notice of a public meeting that will be held June 26, 2013, on renovation, repair and painting activities in public and commercial buildings. A December 31, 2012 advance notice announced the meeting and opened a comment period to allow data and other information to be submitted by the public and interested stakeholders. This current notice provides additional details related to the public meeting, including a discussion guide summarizing data and information received, and reopens the comment period to the public and interested stakeholders. Read more. Exit

  • May 2, 2013 -- EPA announced an additional 17 enforcement actions for violations of the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. Read the press release.

February 2013

  • February 22, 2013 -- Home improvement TV show, Hometime, aired a special segment in early February on tips and advice on EPA's Lead RRP Rule on nationwide syndicated networks and PBS. Watch the video. Exit

  • February 4, 2013 -- EPA, HUD, and several other agencies today unveiled Advancing Healthy Housing – A Strategy for Action to address the nation's health and economic burdens caused by preventable hazards associated with the home, and encourage preemptive actions that will help reduce the number of American homes with health and safety hazards. Read the announcement.

January 2013

  • January 25, 2013 -- EPA released "America's Children and the Environment, Third Edition," a comprehensive compilation of information from a variety of sources on children’s health and the environment, including specific information on lead. Read the announcement.

December 2012

  • December 31, 2012 -- EPA announced a public comment period and requested (1) data and other information on whether RRP activities on public and commercial buildings might create lead-based paint hazards, and (2) on appropriate certification, training, and work practice requirements. The comment period runs through April 1, 2013. EPA also announced that a public meeting on this topic will be held on June 26, 2013. For more information, including instructions for providing comments, read the Federal Register notice.
  • December 28, 2012 -- EPA has updated the lead hazard information document "Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home." EPA will not require users to discard older versions of the document, therefore existing stocks may be used until exhausted. Download the new document (PDF) . For print files of the document, contact your EPA regional office or the National Lead Information Center.
  • December 3, 2012 -- HUD announced the 2013 Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program. Read the announcement.

November 2012

  • November 14, 2012 -- EPA announced 16 enforcement actions for violations of the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP). Read the press release.

April 2012

  • April 5, 2012-- EPA fines violators of the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule. Read the press release.

October 2011

  • October 23-29, 2011-- Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (LPPW). For children, even low levels of lead exposure can cause a host of developmental effects. Read the press release.

July 2011

  • July 5, 2011--  Georgia became authorized to administer and enforce a Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program. EPA's authorization of Georgia's program is based on the receipt of an application for authorization signed by Georgia's Attorney General certifying that the Georgia programs are at least as protective as the federal lead RRP program and that the Georgia programs provide adequate enforcement. The state program is now in effect in lieu of the federal RRP program. For more information about Georgia's new program, including information on applying for certification or to find training, contact the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Lead-based Paint and Asbestos Program at 404-363-7026 or visit the state website. Exit

April 2011

  • April 20, 2011 -- EPA joined with the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Ad Council to sponsor a public service announcement advertising campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of lead poisoning to children. The ads, in English and Spanish, urge viewers to visit the campaign web site and hotline 1-800-424-LEAD to learn more. Read the press release.

March 2011

  • March 16, 2011 -- Washington state became authorized to administer and enforce a Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program and a Pre-Renovation Education program. EPA's authorization of Washington's program is based on the receipt of an application for authorization signed by Washington's Governor certifying that the Washington programs are at least as protective as the federal lead renovation, repair and painting program and that the Washington programs provide adequate enforcement. The state programs are now in effect in lieu of the federal RRP program in that state, allowing for greater local oversight. For more information about Washington's new program, including information on applying for certification or to find training, contact Cynthia Sanderson, manager of lead programs for the state of Washington, cynthia.sanderson@commerce.wa.gov, or visit the state website. Exit

November 2010

  • November 16, 2010 -- The State of Alabama became the tenth state in the nation to administer and enforce a Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program. This program mandates that contractors working in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices by the state of Alabama. Similar EPA requirements have been in place nationwide since April 22, 2010, but the Alabama program will operate in lieu of EPA's program in that state, allowing for greater local oversight. EPA's authorization of Alabama's program is based on the application letter from Alabama's Governor, Bob Riley, and a certification from the Attorney General, Troy King, that the Alabama program is at least as protective as the EPA RRP program and provides adequate enforcement. For more information about Alabama's new program, including information on applying for certification or finding training, contact the contact the Alabama Lead Program at 334-206-5373 or 205-348-4667, or visit the state website Exit

August 2010

  • August 3, 2010 -- The American Bird Conservancy, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and a number of other groups submitted a petition to EPA under section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) asking EPA to "prohibit the manufacture, processing, and distribution in commerce of lead for shot, bullets, and fishing sinkers." Read more.

July 2010

  • July 22, 2010 -- EPA announced the preliminary results of its effort to evaluate lead test kits under the Agency's Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) program. Learn more about the ETV results.

  • July 13, 2010 -- The State of Massachusetts became the ninth state in the nation to administer and enforce a Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program. This program mandates that contractors working in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices by the state of Massachusetts. Similar EPA requirements are in place nationwide, but the Massachusetts program will operate in lieu of EPA's program in that state, allowing for greater local oversight. EPA's authorization of Massachusetts' program is based on a certification from the Attorney General that the Massachusetts' program is at least as protective as the EPA RRP program and provides adequate enforcement. For more information about Massachusetts' new program, including information on applying for certification or finding training, contact the Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety at 617-969-7177, or visit the state web site. Exit

  • July 6, 2010 -- EPA announced a rule (PDF) (18 pp, 121K) that increases protections against lead-paint poisoning by eliminating the ability of owner-occupants of older housing to "opt-out" of having their contractors follow lead-safe work practices. Read the press release, and read more about the rule ending the opt-out provision.

  • July 2, 2010 -- EPA announced that it will extend the comment period for its proposed Lead Clearance rule until August 6. Under this proposal, renovation firms would have to perform dust wipe testing after certain renovations and provide the results of the testing to the owners and occupants of the building. Read the notice (PDF) .

June 2010

May 2010

  • May 3, 2010 -- Oregon became authorized to administer and enforce a Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program and a Pre-Renovation Education program. EPA's authorization of Oregon's program is based on the receipt of an application for authorization signed by Oregon's Governor certifying that the Oregon programs are at least as protective as the federal lead renovation, repair and painting (RRP) program and that the Oregon programs provide adequate enforcement. The programs are now in effect in lieu of the federal renovation programs. For more information about Oregon's new program, including information on applying for certification or to find training, contact Richard Leiker, manager of lead programs for the state of Oregon, richard.d.leiker@state.or.us, or visit the following web sites: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule Exit or Lead-Based Paint Program. Exit

April 2010

  • April 23, 2010 -- EPA moved expeditiously to process firm certification applications received by April 22, 2010. EPA is providing guidance to facilitate compliance and ease the transition period following the RRP rule's effective date. For more information, please see an Agency memo on implementation (PDF) and a set of frequent questions (PDF).

  • April 23, 2010 -- EPA announced several new actions to prevent lead paint poisoning. Almost a million children have elevated blood lead levels as a result of exposure to lead hazards, which can lead to lower intelligence, learning disabilities, and behavior issues. In addition, adults exposed to lead hazards can suffer from high blood pressure, headaches, and memory loss. Children under six years old are most at risk. Read the press release.

    EPA announced these three actions:

    • A final rule to apply lead-safe work practices (PDF)  (18 pp, 212K) to all pre-1978 homes, effectively closing an exemption that was created in 2008. The rule will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.
    • A notice of proposed rulemaking (PDF) (37 pp, 250K) to require dust-wipe testing after most renovations and provide the results of the testing to the owners and occupants of the building. For some of these renovations, the proposal would require that lead dust levels after the renovation be below the regulatory hazard standards. EPA will take comment on the proposal for 60 days. The agency expects to finalize the rule by July 2011.
    • An advance notice of proposed rulemaking (PDF) (15 pp, 115K) to announce EPA's intention to apply lead-safe work practices to renovations on public and commercial buildings. The advance notice also announces EPA's investigation into lead-based paint hazards that may be created by renovations on the interior of these public and commercial buildings. If EPA determines that lead-based paint hazards are created by interior renovations, EPA will propose regulations to address the hazards.
  • April 20, 2010 -- The State of Utah has become authorized to administer and enforce a Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program on April 8, 2010. This program mandates that contractors working in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices by the State of Utah. Similar EPA requirements will be in place nationwide by April 22, 2010, but the Utah program will operate in lieu of EPA's program in that state, allowing for greater local oversight. EPA's authorization of Utah's program is based on the receipt of an application from Governor Gary R. Herbert and a certification from Fred G. Nelson, Assistant Attorney General, that the Utah program is at least as protective as the EPA RRP program and provides adequate enforcement. For more information about Utah's new program, including information on applying for certification or finding training, contact the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality, Lead-Based Paint Program at 801-536-4000, or visit the state web site. Exit

  • April 20, 2010 -- EPA joined with the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Ad Council to sponsor a public service announcement advertising campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of lead poisoning to children. The ads, in English and Spanish, urge viewers to visit the campaign Website Exit or contact the lead hotline 1-800-424-LEAD to learn more. Read the press release. Exit

  • April 20, 2010 -- The State of Rhode Island has become the first New England state to administer and enforce a Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program. This program mandates that contractors working in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices by the state of Rhode Island. Similar EPA requirements will be in place nationwide by April 22, 2010, but the Rhode Island program will operate in lieu of EPA's program in that state, allowing for greater local oversight. EPA's authorization of Rhode Island's program is based on a certification from Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch on March 4, 2010, and Governor Donald L. Carcieri on April 9, 2010, that the Rhode Island program is at least as protective as the EPA RRP program and provides adequate enforcement.

    For more information about Rhode Island's new program, including information on applying for certification or finding training, contact the Rhode Island Lead Program at 1-401-222-5960, or visit the state web site. Exit

  • April 19, 2010 -- The State of Kansas has become the fifth state in the nation to administer and enforce a Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program. This program mandates that contractors working in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices by the state of Kansas. Similar EPA requirements will be in place nationwide by April 22, 2010, but the Kansas program will operate in lieu of EPA's program in that state, allowing for greater local oversight. EPA's authorization of the Kansas program is based on the receipt of an application from Governor Mark Parkinson and a certification from Camille Nohe, Assistant Attorney General, that the Kansas program is at least as protective as the EPA RRP program and provides adequate enforcement.

    For more information about the new Kansas program, including information on applying for certification or finding training, contact the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Prevention Program, at 866-865-3233, or visit the state web site. Exit

  • April 12, 2010 -- The State of Mississippi became authorized for the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) program, upon the submittal of an Authorization Application and a letter requesting authorization from Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and a certification from the Special Assistant Attorney General, J. D. Woodcock, that the Mississippi program is at least as protective as the EPA RRP program and provides adequate enforcement.

    This will enable Mississippi to administer and enforce an RRP program. This program mandates that contractors working in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices by the state of Mississippi. Similar EPA requirements will be in place nationwide by April 22, 2010, but the Mississippi program will operate in lieu of EPA's program in that state, allowing for greater local oversight. For more information about Mississippi's new program, including information on applying for certification or finding training, contact the Mississippi Lead Program at 601-961-5171 or visit the state website. Exit

January 2010

  • January 21, 2010 -- North Carolina became the third state in the nation to administer and enforce a Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program. This program mandates that contractors working in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices by the state of North Carolina. Similar EPA requirements will be in place nationwide by April 2010, but the North Carolina program will operate in lieu of EPA's program in that state, allowing for greater local oversight. EPA's authorization of North Carolina's program is based on the application letter from North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue and a certification from the Chief Deputy Attorney General, Grayson G. Kelley, that the North Carolina program is at least as protective as the EPA RRP program and provides adequate enforcement.

    For more information about North Carolina's new program, including information on applying for certification or finding training, contact the North Carolina Lead Program at 919-707-5950 or visit the state website. Exit

  • January 19, 2010 -- The State of Iowa became the second state in the nation to administer and enforce a Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program. This program mandates that contractors working in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices by the state of Iowa. Similar EPA requirements will be in place nationwide by April 2010, but the Iowa program will operate in lieu of EPA's program in that state, allowing for greater local oversight. EPA's authorization of Iowa's program is based on the receipt of an application from Governor Chet Culver and a certification from Heather Adams, Assistant Attorney General, that the Iowa program is at least as protective as the EPA RRP program and provides adequate enforcement.

    For more information about Iowa's new program, including information on applying for certification or finding training, contact the Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Lead Poisoning Prevention at 800-972-2026, or visit the state web site. Exit