Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today made the following remarks regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's announcement of its revised National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for lead. Lead is a dangerous toxin that diminishes a child's intelligence and causes other developmental harm.

Senator Boxer said: "The revised air pollution standard announced today is an important step toward protecting our families from toxic lead exposure, but I have concerns about the EPA's monitoring plan and its failure to fully protect communities near dangerous sources. I will work to ensure that the standards as well as the monitoring program protect children from toxic lead pollution, since the science shows there is no safe level of exposure to lead."

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