The United States Federal Appeal Court has ordered their Environmental Protection Agency to revise its nearly 17-year-old standard for dangerous levels of lead in paint and dust. The agency was mandated to propose a new rule within 90days to reconsider what levels of lead exposure are acceptable for children. The agency has one year to revise the standard particularly in the face of new research on the hazards of lead paint.
This is a welcome development in the hope that it will generate reactions from other developing countries like Nigeria to also look into the standards and components of paints that are being produced for use within the country. The Standard Organisation of Nigeria is tasked with this responsibility and it is hoped that they will rise up to the challenge and borrow a leaf from the United States.