EPA Plans Tough New Lead Limits

Safety standards unchanged for 30 years
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2008 2:37 AM CDT
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Stephen Johnson.The EPA has proposed more stringent regulations on permissible levels of lead in the atmosphere.    (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)
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(Newser) – The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing stringent new regulations on lead  levels in the air, which have remained unchanged for 30 years. Some 23 counties in the US would be out of compliance once the new standards are established. Lead has been linked to developmental and learning problems in children.