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Title: Judge orders EPA to review its health standards for lead p
EPA air lead standard is hopelessly out of date, still based on a 1978 standard of 30 ug/l blood standard.  Most current research show that there is not safe level of lead exposure.

Can someone at DEQ tell us what standard Michigan follows in its air permitting?   Hopefully not the EPA standard.

"The 1978 standard states that the air is unhealthy if, over a period of three months, it has an average of more than 1.5 micrograms of lead per cubic meter of air."
"In 1978, the EPA based the standard in part on a finding by the Centers for Disease Control that children had lead poisoning if they had 30 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, Lipeles said. By 1991, the CDC had reduced that amount to just 10 micrograms per deciliter of blood, she said."

Judge orders EPA to review its health standards for lead pollution
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - A federal judge in St. Louis has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to review its health standard for lead pollution in the air, saying the agency had "blatantly disregarded" Congress' requirement that such reviews be held every five years.

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