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Air Quality Designations for Lead

November 2011: Second round of designations

November 2010: Read the final notice describing the first round of designations (PDF)

Air Quality Designations for Lead

Title I of the Clean Air Act requires that after EPA sets a new National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQSHelpNAAQSStandards established by EPA for maximum allowable concentrations of six "criteria" pollutants in outdoor air. The six pollutants are carbon monoxide, lead, ground-level ozone, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide. The standards are set at a level that protects public health with an adequate margin of safety.) or revises an existing standard, we must then designate areas in the United States as being in “attainment” or “nonattainment” with the standard. 

This website provides information on the process EPA follows to designate areas as being in attainment or nonattainment with the standards for leadHelpleadA heavy metal that is hazardous to health if breathed or swallowed. Its use in gasoline, paints, and plumbing compounds has been sharply restricted or eliminated by federal laws and regulations. established in 2008.