EPA has published a final rule designating 16 areas that do not meet the agency’s national air quality standards for lead. 75 Fed. Reg. 71,033 (11/22/10). The designated areas, located in 11 states, were identified as “nonattainment” because their 2007-2009 air quality monitoring data showed that they did not meet EPA’s health-based standards. Areas designated as nonattainment in the final rule must develop and implement plans to reduce pollution to meet the lead standards by December 31, 2015. EPA will use data from new monitors to complete a second round of designations that will classify the nonattainment areas as “in attainment,” “unclassifiable” or “nonattainment.” The final rule is effective December 31, 2010.