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Trump, EPA Unveil Lead Action Plan

Monday, December 24, 2018

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Late last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s acting administrator Andrew Wheeler, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and U.S. Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan announced the Trump administration’s plan to reduce lead exposure to children.

The “Federal Lead Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Associated Impacts (Lead Action Plan)” aims to be a blueprint for reducing lead exposure and related harm by working with states, local communities, businesses, property owners and parents.

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Late last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s acting administrator Andrew Wheeler, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and U.S. Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan announced the Trump administration’s plan to reduce lead exposure to children.

“The Federal Lead Action Plan will enhance the Trump Administration’s efforts to identify and reduce lead contamination while ensuring children impacted by lead exposure are getting the support and care they need,” said Wheeler.

“[The} EPA will develop an implementation plan by March 2019 that will enable us to track our progress and update the public as we work to carry out the action plan and mitigate childhood lead exposure."

The plan outlines four goals, which include:

  • Goal 1: Reduce children’s exposure to lead sources;
  • Goal 2: Identify lead-exposed children and improve their health outcomes;
  • Goal 3: Communicate more effectively with stakeholders; and
  • Goal 4: Support and conduct critical research to inform efforts to reduce lead exposures and related health risks.

The EPA says it will develop an implementation plan by March 2019, which will include performance metrics for monitoring progress and accountability. The agency also says that it will provide periodic updates on the its progress.

“The Trump administration’s new Lead Action Plan reflects our strong commitment to preventing future generations from being affected by lead exposure,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar.

“We know that lead exposure at a young age can result in serious effects on IQ, attention span and academic achievement. We need to continue taking action to prevent these harmful effects. Identifying lead-exposed children, connecting them with appropriate services and preventing other children from being exposed to lead are important public health priorities for this administration.”

   

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