Trump Administration’s Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposure
On December 19, 2018, the Trump Administration unveiled the “Federal Lead Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Associated Health Impacts” (Lead Action Plan). The Plan was created in an effort to identify and reduce lead contamination while ensuring children impacted by lead exposure are getting the support and care they need.
The four main goals of the Lead Action Plan are:
- Reduce Children’s Exposure to Lead Sources
- Identify Lead-Exposed Children and Improve their Health Outcomes
- Communicate More Effectively with Stakeholders
- Support and Conduct Critical Research to Inform Efforts to Reduce Lead Exposures and Related Health Risks
By implementing the plan, federal agencies, along with state and local partners will advance their efforts to remediate home health hazards related to lead poisoning in children.
In certain regions, a place-based approach has been designed and implemented to reduce the exposure to lead by focusing on increasing awareness of and compliance with the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. The EPA’s Mid-Atlantic Region has created this approach and conducted outreach, compliance assistance, and inspection and enforcement resources for at-risk geographic areas starting with Lancaster and Philadelphia.
The EPA is committed to developing an implementation plan by March 2019.