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What is lead?Lead is naturally occurring metal and a powerful neurotoxin. Lead can cause many different types of health problems in both people and wildlife. Everyone has some exposure to lead, and harmful effects can occur from relatively common everyday exposures. While exposure to lead-based paint is the most frequent cause of lead poisoning in children, there are many other sources of lead from past and current uses.
The Washington Departments of Ecology and Health are recommending actions to protect human health and the environment from lead in the Lead Chemical Action Plan (CAP). The Lead CAP was developed with the valuable help of other agencies and a diverse group of stakeholders. The Lead CAP Advisory Committee, which consisted of 18 members representing various stakeholder groups, met six times between July 2007 and May 2008 while Ecology and DOH developed the Lead CAP.
The Lead CAP was developed to identify the dangers of lead, where it can be found in the environment, describe how people and animals are exposed and recommend ways to reduce its harm. The Lead CAP is a planning tool to guide statewide efforts. It is not a new law or regulation.
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