Wednesday 10/21/2020, 2-3 pm CDT
Lead is a potent developmental and adult toxicant that affects multiple human organ systems. It is present in air, water, soil, consumer products and food and is regulated in all these media. Regulation of lead since the 1970s has resulted in steep drops in population blood lead levels (BLLs), but lead exposure remains a problem in many of America’s communities, where an estimated 3.6 million American homes with at least one child have significant lead paint hazards and many as 500,000 US children under 6 years have BLLs ≥5 µg/dL. EPA is working with state and community partners to support actions to reduce lead exposures and related health risks as part of the Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Associated Health Impacts.
This presentation will highlight EPA research that is improving:
- Blood lead models to strengthen the scientific basis of the Agency’s lead-related actions
- Approaches using national, state and local data for identifying locations of high exposures and blood lead levels to target remaining lead sources for mitigation
- Drinking water quality with research and consultation on corrosion control and identification of lead service lines
- Methods for cleaning up Superfund and other contaminated sites
- Evaluation of the impacts of lead mitigation efforts
About the presenter: Dr. Andrew Geller is ORD’s Executive Lead for Lead Research and Principal Associate National Program Director for EPA’s Sustainable and Healthy Communities research program.
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