EPA to host listening session for Pacific Southwest Region on Feb. 22
January 31, 2022
SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 31, 2022) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a series of upcoming public listening sessions, including one for the nation’s Pacific Southwest region on February 22, on the Draft Strategy to Reduce Lead Exposures and Disparities in U.S. Communities. Communities and stakeholders will be able to provide their comments on the Agency’s plan.
Ongoing exposures to lead in the environment present a health risk to too many people nationwide. Very low levels of lead in children’s blood have been linked to adverse effects on intellect, concentration, and academic achievement. The draft Lead Strategy lays out approaches to strengthen public health protections, address legacy lead contamination for communities with the greatest exposures and promote environmental justice.
“Communities of color and low-income communities are often disproportionately exposed to lead, which can cause life-long negative effects,” said Carlton Waterhouse, EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management. “Today, we are inviting all communities exposed to lead and other stakeholders to share their perspectives so that EPA can ensure that our Draft Strategy to Reduce Lead Exposures and Disparities in U.S. Communities is as comprehensive as possible.”
“Unfortunately, overburdened communities across this region of our country are still dealing with the hazards of lead exposure,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Martha Guzman. “We encourage anyone with interest in the ongoing risks of lead – and what EPA is doing about it – to attend the regional listening session on February 22, and consider providing public comment.”
Virtual public listening sessions will be held in all 10 of EPA’s geographic offices. EPA Region 9 will hold a listening session on February 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Registration will be required to attend the event. Registration links to each regional listening session can be found on EPA’s website at: https://www.epa.gov/lead/draft-strategy-reduce-lead-exposures-and-disparities-us-communities. Interpretation and disability access support will be provided.
During this event, registered members of the public will have an opportunity to share their comments on EPA’s draft Lead Strategy with EPA senior officials and managers. Those interested in speaking may sign up for a 3-minute speaking slot at the time of registration.
Members of the public who are unable to attend any of the 10 listening sessions can submit comments via the docket at: http://www.regulations.gov, Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OLEM-2021-0762 until March 16, 2022.
For details on the draft Lead Strategy, the virtual listening sessions, or how to provide public comment, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/lead/draft-strategy-reduce-lead-exposures-and-disparities-us-communities.
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