The EPA announced it will hold hearings in Baltimore and St.
Louis to provide additional opportunity for members of the public to
participate in the formulation of a new lead control standard. According to an
agency press release, the hearings, to be held concurrently on June 12, 2008,
will specifically solicit public comment on the proposed revisions to the EPA's
national air quality standards for lead. The public hearings will be conducted
at the Tremont Grand Historic Venue, 225 North Charles St., Baltimore; and the Omni
Majestic Hotel, 1019 Pine St. in St. Louis. Both hearings begin at 9 a.m. and
will continue until 9 p.m. local time.
The agency is proposing to revise the level of the
primary (health-based) standard from 1.5 μg/m3, to within
the range of 0.10 to 0.30 μg/m3, measured as total
suspended particulates. The EPA is taking comment on alternative levels up to
0.50 μg/m3 and down below μg/m3. The
agency proposes to revise the secondary (welfare-based) standard to be
identical in all respects to the primary standard.