National lead-free wheel weight initiative
Wheel weights are clipped to the rims of every automobile wheel in the United States in order to balance the tires. These weights often come loose and fall off. They are either washed into storm sewers and end up in waterways or are gathered during street cleaning and placed in municipal landfills. The weights are susceptible to atmospheric corrosion. Currently, there are no regulatory controls governing the use of lead wheel weights. Lead is a highly toxic chemical that has been designated as one of 31 Priority Chemicals targeted for reduction by EPA.
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