EPA Issues Final Rule on Lead-Based Paint and Dust-Lead Health Standard

On July 9, 2019, EPA issued a final rule at 84 FR 32632 entitled “Review of the Dust-Lead Hazard Standards and the Definition of Lead-Based Paint” where EPA evaluated the current dust-lead hazard standards (DLHS) and the definition of lead-based paint (LBP). Based on this evaluation, EPA’s final rule revises the DLHS from 40 mg/ft2 and 250 mg/ft2 to 10 mg/ft2 and 100 mg/ft2 on floors and window sills, respectively. EPA is also finalizing its proposal to make no change to the definition of LBP based on the assertion that insufficient information exists to support such a change at this time. This final rule is effective January 6, 2020.