Protecting Children from Lead Poisoning. To kick off National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW), leaders of President Trump’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children raised awareness about the health risks associated with exposure to lead, specifically for children. “Reducing lead exposure, particularly among children, is a top priority for EPA,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Today, we are releasing a new document, Protecting Children from Lead Exposures, that will increase public awareness of the EPA programs and grants available to reduce lead exposure.” Each October, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is a reminder about protecting children’s health.
- Read “Protecting Children from Lead Exposures”: https://www.epa.gov/children/protecting-children-lead-exposures
Reg Agenda Strong on Commitment to Environmental Protection and Regulatory Reform. EPA’s Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda and Plan show strong progress toward regulatory reform while advancing EPA’s core mission of protecting human health and the environment. “To date, under President Trump, EPA has finalized 28 major deregulatory actions saving Americans over $1.6 billion and meeting the President’s two-for-one regulatory order,” said Wheeler.
13-Year High for Deleting Superfund Sites. EPA announced that in Fiscal Year 2018, the Agency deleted all or part of 22 sites from Superfund’s National Priorities List, the largest number of deletions in one year since FY 2005 and a significant increase over the past few years. “Under President Trump, EPA is deleting Superfund sites from the National Priorities List at the fastest pace in more than a decade,” said Acting Administrator Wheeler. “This remarkable accomplishment is proof that cleaning up contaminated lands and returning them to safe and productive use is a top priority of the Trump EPA.”
Nearly $30 Million for Children’s Health. In honor of Children’s Health Month, EPA announced $20 million for states and tribes to test for lead in drinking water at schools and childcare facilities, and about $9 million in rebates to public school bus fleet owners to help them replace older school buses with cleaner, more modern vehicles. “Children’s health is a top priority at EPA, and we have made tremendous progress improving air and water quality and helping kids and families lead healthier lives,” said EPA’s Andrew Wheeler.