WHEN IS A STANDARD NOT A STANDARD?….A whistleblower has leaked documents showing that the EPA wants to abandon mandatory standards designed to protect children and construction workers from exposure to lead-based paint. Here’s the official agency waffle:

EPA spokeswoman Eryn Witcher said the agency had not abandoned the possibility of issuing mandatory regulations, and that it was simply exploring alternatives that might be more effective, as well as less costly to industry and the public.

I think the key phrase here is “less costly to industry.” The EPA’s alternative, after all, is “voluntary standards,” meaning you can follow them or not depending on whether you feel like it. I’m guessing most landlords would choose “not.”

Dwight Meredith has more.