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Lead Based Paint

Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. While it has some beneficial uses, it can be toxic to humans and animals.

Lead can be found in all parts of our environment – the air, the soil, the water, and even inside our homes. Much of our exposure comes from human activities including the use of fossil fuels, including past use of leaded gasoline, some types of industrial facilities, and past use of lead-based paint in homes. Lead and lead compounds have been used in a wide variety of products found in and around our homes, including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials, solders, gasoline, batteries, ammunition, and cosmetics.

Lead may enter the environment from these past and current uses. Lead can also be emitted into the environment from industrial sources and contaminated sites, such as former lead smelters. While natural levels of lead in soil range between 50 and 400 parts per million, mining, smelting, and refining activities have resulted in substantial increases in lead levels in the environment, especially near mining and smelting sites.


Federal and state regulatory standards exist to minimize or eliminate the amount of lead in air, drinking water, soil and occupational settings.  City of Flagstaff Environmental Management staff are responsible for ensuring City operations and facilities are in compliance with federal and state regulations pertaining to lead.

Further Links and Information

LBP Regulations and Disposal - City of Flagstaff    

EPA: Lead in Paint, Dust and Soil 

Arizona Division of Health Services, Screening Policy and Prevention Information