November 17th, 2010
08:23 AM ET

Air in 16 areas exceeds EPA lead limits

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named 16 areas in 11 states that don't meet EPA standards for lead in the air.

Exposure to lead may impair a child's IQ, learning capabilities and behavior.

The 16 areas that don't meet the standards are:

  • Troy, Alabama
  • Los Angeles County, California
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Granite City, Illinois
  • Muncie, Indiana
  • Eagan, Minnesota
  • Iron and Jefferson counties, Missouri
  • Bellefontaine, Cleveland and Delta, Ohio
  • Lower Beaver Valley, Lyons and North Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Bristol, Tennessee
  • Frisco, Texas

Areas designated as not meeting the standard will need to develop and implement plans to reduce pollution by December 31, 2015, the EPA said.

National average concentrations of lead in the air have dropped almost 92 percent nationwide since 1980, largely the result of the elimination of lead in gasoline, according to the EPA. Lead in the air comes from such sources as smelters, iron and steel foundries and general aviation fuel.

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  1. anna

    I had no idea that this can happen. Thanks for the heads up.

    November 17, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. K jacktown michigan

    so i can stop eating paint chips now?

    November 17, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. K jacktown michigan

    just breathe deep the gathering gloom! I hate china!

    November 17, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. Richard in Texas

    Is lead on the list for cap and trade? Cap and trade is a good start but really is just a shell game.

    November 17, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lisababy

    Good to know i thought you had to go to walmart to breath in that much lead

    November 17, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. i rock u suck


    November 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CPT Comedy

    We MUST lower lead levels in the air, or we'll ALL have the IQ of a NASCAR fan

    November 17, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |