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EPA/OCSPP RIN: 2070-AJ82 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Review of Dust-Lead Hazard Standards and the Definition of Lead-Based Paint 

Addressing childhood lead exposure is a priority for EPA. As part of EPA's efforts to reduce childhood lead exposure, EPA evaluated the dust-lead hazard standards (DLHS) and the definition of lead-based paint (LBP). Based on this evaluation, EPA issued a final rule on July 9, 2019, to change the dust-lead hazard standards from 40 µg/ft2 and 250 µg/ft2 to 10 µg/ft2 and 100 µg/ft2 on floors and window sills, respectively. These standards apply to most pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities, such as day care centers and kindergarten facilities. In addition, EPA finalized its decision to make no change to the definition of lead-based paint because the Agency currently lacks sufficient information to support such a change.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 745   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2681    15 U.S.C. 2682    15 U.S.C. 2683    15 U.S.C. 2684   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Judicial  the December 27, 2017 decision of the Ninth Circuit ordered "that EPA promulgate the final rule within one year after the promulgation of the proposed rule . . . ."  06/22/2019 
NPRM  Judicial  NPRM issuance ordered within 90 days of the date that the 9th Circuit's decision becomes final.  06/22/2018 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/02/2018  83 FR 30889   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/16/2018 
Final Rule  07/09/2019  84 FR 32632   
Final Rule Effective  01/06/2020 
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-OPPT-2018-0166
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
Sectors Affected: 236 Construction of Buildings; 238 Specialty Trade Contractors; 531 Real Estate; 541330 Engineering Services; 541350 Building Inspection Services; 562910 Remediation Services; 611110 Elementary and Secondary Schools; 611519 Other Technical and Trade Schools; 624410 Child Day Care Services 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
John Yowell
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
Mail Code 7404T,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-1213

Marc Edmonds
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 7404T,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-0758