EPA to Hold Educational Sessions on Lead

The free sessions will be held in numerous states in the U.S.

Over the next several months, the EPA will be hosting free sessions about lead across the country.

Lead is a toxic substance that can cause severe side effects in people who are exposed to it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children exposed to lead may face brain damage, delayed development, some sensory complications and, potentially, “long-term harm.”

To educate people on the side effects and prevention of lead exposure and bring awareness to the issue, the EPA will be hosting two different sessions throughout 2023, according to a news release: “Understanding Lead” sessions will provide information for community members, and “Train-the-Trainer” sessions will be geared toward community leaders.

These sessions, available in English and Spanish, will take place in areas that are “especially vulnerable to lead exposure,” the EPA said.

“We know that children living below the poverty level or in older housing are at a higher risk of exposure to lead,” said Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Michal Freedhoff in the news release. “We’re proud to partner with communities that face elevated risks from lead exposure to create healthier homes for children to thrive.”

Upcoming sessions will be held in Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Ohio, North Dakota, Mississippi, Maine, Missouri, Rhode Island, Nebraska, New York, South Carolina and Indiana. For a complete list of all session locations and times, as well as registration information, visit the Community Lead Awareness Sessions webpage.

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Alex Saurman is the Content Editor for Environmental Protection.

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