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Lead Wheel Weights; Regulatory Investigation

a.k.a. Lead Wheel Weights - TSCA Section 6(a) Rule

RIN: 2070-AJ64 (What's this?)

Docket No.: Not yet available (What's this?)

Current Phase: Pre-Proposal (What's this?)

In 2009, EPA initiated a proceeding under the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) to investigate potential lead hazards associated with the manufacture, processing, and distribution in commerce of lead wheel balancing weights ("wheel weights"). Lead is highly toxic, especially to young children. According to a U.S.

Geological Survey study in 2003, 65,000 tons of lead wheel weights were in use in the United States and approximately 2,000 tons of these weights were lost from vehicles into the environment. Voluntary actions on the part of U.S. auto manufactures and an European Union ban on their use has reduced the number of lead wheel weights, but they continue to be predominant product in the tire replacement market.

NPRM: Published in FR00/0000 (projected)

Potential Effects

Children's Health
This rule is likely to address an adverse impact on childhood lifestages, including prenatal (via exposure to women of childbearing age). The potential adverse impacts are expected to be due to toxicity (i.e., the developing fetus, infants, and/or children are more likely to have an adverse response than adult lifestages).

Environmental Justice
This rulemaking involves a topic that is likely to be of particular interest to or have particular impact upon minority, low-income, tribal, and/or other vulnerable populations because:

  • This topic is likely to impact the health of vulnerable populations.
  • This topic is likely to impact the environmental conditions of vulnerable populations.
  • This topic is likely to present an opportunity to address an existing disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations.
  • This topic is likely to affect the availability of information to vulnerable populations.

Local Governments
Likely to be involved in the implementation of this rule.

State Governments
Likely to be involved in the implementation of this rule.

Tribal Governments
Likely to be involved in the implementation of this rule.

Participate / Learn More Regulatory Review

Some of EPA's rulemakings undergo regulatory review (What's this?), as prescribed by Executive Order 12866 and coordinated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The following list describes which of this rulemaking's stages have completed review and published in the Federal Register, if any, and provides links to the review documents where available. Consult the "Timeline" section of this Web page for the dates of each review.

  • NPRM - No Information Available.
Citations & Authorities

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Citation
Not Yet Determined

Legal Authority
15 USC 2601 et seq.


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