EPA Toughens Lead Standards in Older Homes, Buildings

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) — U.S. federal officials took a big step toward protecting children from a contaminant blamed for irreversible health effects, proposing tougher standards for removing lead-based paint in pre-1978 buildings and child care facilities.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the proposed new standards Wednesday at an event in Newark, New Jersey. If finalized, the new rules would protect up to 500,000 children younger than age 6 years from lead exposure each year. The proposed standards would apply to homes and child care facilities.

“The Biden-Harris Administration is taking a whole-of-government approach to ensuring that the most vulnerable among us — our children — are protected from exposure to lead,” EPA Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe said in an agency news release. “This proposal to safely remove lead paint along with our other efforts to deliver clean drinking water and replace lead pipes will go a long way toward protecting the health of our next generation of leaders.”

The plan is aligned with the EPA aim to address racial, ethnic, and economic disparities in lead exposure. Lead-based paint is more likely to be found in lower-income areas, putting communities of color at greater risk. Racial segregation in housing over the years, called redlining, is part of this.

Michal Freedhoff, assistant administrator for the EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, noted there is no safe level of lead. “Even low levels are detrimental to children’s health, and this proposal would bring us closer to eradicating lead-based paint hazards from homes and child care facilities across the U.S. once and for all,” Freedhoff said in the release.

The proposed rule would strengthen EPA regulations that are part of the Toxic Substances Control Act. It would revise dust-lead hazard standards and dust-lead clearance levels. These limit

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Karen Leigh Wood – Plumas News

In Loving Memory: Karen Leigh Wood

November 25, 1941 – May 13, 2023

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Karen Wood, a beloved wife, mother, and talented home designer, gardener, and florist, who created beauty in the world around her.

Born on November 25, 1941, just weeks before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Karen was a woman who survived her fair share of challenges in life. And yet, she was determined and tireless in her pursuit to make the world around her beautiful.

After graduating high school in Sacramento, Karen went on to have a full and eclectic work life spanning many creative pursuits. She made children’s clothes at her Capitola studio, had a dessert and florist shop, fondly referred to as Karen’s Bloomers in Downtown Quincy, and hosted a pre-school at the Keddie Wye house, which the parents and children knew as Whistlestop Preschool. Children made arts and crafts, and enjoyed a daily swim out on the deck above Spanish Creek in summer, or bundled up for a romp in the snow in the cold months.

Karen’s keen eye for design and innate talent for transforming spaces made her an exceptional home designer. Whether it was a simple room makeover or a complete home or garden renovation, she had a remarkable ability to breathe life into any space, creating havens of comfort and elegance. Her unique sense of style, which her children affectionately referred to as country clutter, was something that led her on many adventurous pursuits, be it early Saturday morning yard sales, or a romp down a dark street to a dusty antique store. Her children were known to make a game of her keen observation powers. Often moving one of her many knickknacks, just a quarter of an inch, only to laugh

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