In 2013 Boston University students wrote to the governors and the agencies responsible for health and schools in each state to ask a set of questions about awareness and implementation of the new Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, which provides an opportunity to enhance the protection of children from exposure to toxic lead dusts. The students also wrote to each Environmental Protection Agency region to ask similar questions about tribal nations. Links to the survey questions are located in the "Links" box below.
It is clear that some states are making more use of the opportunity than others. Some have taken delegation of the rule and are actively enforcing; some have not taken delegation but are informing the regulated community and referring cases; some simply responded that it is a federal rule, and some did not respond. Although some EPA regions have made significant efforts to communicate to tribes about the rule, the agency could not report on whether tribes are making use of it. The link to the responses to the surveys sent out is located in the "Links" box below along with a summary of information students found posted on state webpages that provided indication of the level of effort relevant to assessing and preventing exposures.
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