Federal Laws that Control Lead
The Clean Air Act mandates the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency to set national standards for the quality of air and limits for toxic emissions into the air.
42 U.S.C. sec. 7401 et seq.
The maximum amount of lead allowed in the air is 1.5 micrograms of lead per cubic meter of air.
40 C.F.R. sec. 50.12
Limits are placed by the EPA on the amount of particulate matter and opacity that can be emitted from primary and secondary lead smelters. The EPA requires that the best possible control technologies be used to keep lead out of the air.
40 C.F.R. part 60, subparts L and R
References are to the U.S. Code, noted as U.S.C., the Code of Federal Regulations, noted as C.F.R., and the Federal Register, noted as Fed. Reg.