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Monday January 08, 2018

EPA Looks at Lead Exposure from Three Angles

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) January 2 pointed to three studies on lead exposure and risk. It promoted them as able to "inform decisions to better protect children and other vulnerable groups by identifying exposure hotspots and quantifying how different sources contribute to exposure."

 

The one most likely to be useful in CPSC matters involves modeling when there are varying lead sources like water, soil, dust, food, and air. The target is lowering blood-lead levels by reducing total lead exposure.

 

The other two also could be useful for CPSC purposes. They involve bioavailability and predictive modeling. The purpose of the first is targeting resources toward likely risk as opposed to lead presence. The purpose of the second is to use demographic and socioeconomic data to identify places with higher risks.

 

Learn more at bit.ly/2EZznVO.