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EPA officials propose tougher standards to reduce lead exposure for city residents, protect children’s health

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed tougher standards on lead in paint in older homes and schools.

Ali Reid and Lanette Espy

Jul 12, 2023, 5:18 PM

Updated 344 days ago

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Newark officials announced the latest initiative to reduce lead exposure and address significant disparities.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed tougher standards on lead in paint in older homes and schools, potentially triggering its removal in millions of buildings across the nation, including in Newark. The agency believes these stricter requirements could reduce lead exposures for 250,000 to 500,000 children younger than 6 years old.
Back in 2019, Newark began replacing the city’s 23,000 lead water service lines that put residents at risk of severe health consequences for decades. The city secured the necessary financing and was able to complete what was a 10-year job in just three years.
"Historic racial segregation housing known as red lining has contributed to the concentration of marginalized groups and neighborhoods with limited access to environmentally safe and affordable housing options, " officials said at a news conference. "These systemic issues have perpetuated environmental inequities and increased communities' vulnerability to lead exposure."
Back in 2016, elevated lead levels were observed in multiple public schools in Newark. The city managed to get through that crisis, and officials hope issues will continue to subside as stricter rules are in place.


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