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Data Demanded on Airborne Lead Regs

PITTSBURGH (CN) - The U.S. EPA and other federal agencies for more than 2 years have stiff-armed requests for data used in a federally funded study used to regulate and set standards on evaluating risks of airborne lead poisoning in children, according to a federal FOIA complaint.

Amy Pohl says the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences refused her requests to see the data of the Lanphear Study.

The Lanphear Study is a multimillion-dollar federally funded project that provided the foundation for the EPA's evaluations of the risks that airborne lead poses to children. It is known that lead poisoning can devastate a child's brain. Even tiny levels of lead in the bloodstream can decrease IQ levels, according to the study.

The EPA used the Lanphear Study to support its decision to reduce by 90 percent the standard of tolerable airborne lead, to "protect the health of children and other at-risk populations against an array of adverse health effects, most notably including neurological effects," according to the complaint.

Pohl wants to see the data that was produced and analyzed under federal grants and used in adopting federal regulations. She is represented by Paul Jalsevac with Jones Day.

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