Lead that is stored in the brain is dangerous because it can change nerve cells to calcium, which can in turn damage brain cells and cause memory loss. Lead also is absorbed into bone and other parts of the body. Children who regularly consume lead-based foods have a greater chance of suffering from low birth weight, impaired brain function and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.Resource exclusiveleadsagency.com
Lead is also very toxic to pets and birds. Humans can also suffer from lead poisoning from ingesting lead-contaminated soil or water. Lead poisoning can cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, and stomach cramps. Birds can also suffer from kidney failure and intestinal obstruction if exposed to high amounts of lead.
An important component of SEPA compliance is testing for lead. Once lead testing has been conducted, the SEPA lead control program ensures that no more than 15 ppb of lead are present in the water supply. Testing also ensures that a proper filtration system is in place.
What Sponsor (Lead Agency) may do
Every state has a specific set of requirements under the SEPA plan to reduce lead exposure. Some states, like New Jersey, require a detailed list of materials to be used in homes. to reduce exposure to lead. In these homes, lead paint must be replaced or otherwise removed before new paint is installed. Other states simply require the use of an approved non-lead paint.