A federal court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set a new health standard for lead by Wednesday night. In accordance with the court's order, the agency released a new acceptable lead pollution standard yesterday.
The new standard mandates that lead levels in our air must be reduced by 90%. This is a significantly stricter standard than the one previously set over three decades ago when lead was first removed from gasoline.
It has been established that lead pollution is extremely dangerous to children who inhale it. Exposure to even low levels of lead can negatively effect IQ levels and memory.