EPA to Reconsider Portions of Lead Monitoring Requirments

Posted: April 11, 2011

EPA will reconsider certain portions of its ambient air quality monitoring requirements for lead. Specifically, the agency will review requirements be placed near sources that emit 1 or more tons of lead each year, along with requirements that monitors be operated in urban areas of 500,000 or more.

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment Foundation, the National Resources Defense Council, the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, and Physicians for Social Responsibility petition EPA to review their requirements earlier this year. Though EPA has issued a fact sheet declaring the 2009 revised standard ’10 times tighter’ than previous standards, they will review whether additional monitoring near industrial sources is warranted, as well as the requirements for urban areas.