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Kildee re-introduces legislation to overhaul Lead and Copper Rule

April 6, 2017
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Kildee re-introduces legislation to overhaul Lead and Copper Rule

Congressman Dan Kildee has re-introduced legislation that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to update the Lead and Copper Rule within nine months and to lower the threshold for lead in water.

The LCR has not been updated by the EPA since 1991, and in addition to lowering the action level for lead in water to 5 parts per billion by 2026, the National Opportunity for Lead Exposure Accountability and Deterrence Act would also change water testing and lead service line requirements for water systems.

"After what happened to my hometown of Flint, we must strengthen and update the Lead and Copper Rule to provide greater transparency for families," Kildee, a Flint Township Democrat, said in a news release.

"Updating this outdated rule will not only protect public health, it will restore public confidence in their water systems. We must learn from the failures of government that lead to the Flint water crisis to prevent a similar man-made emergency from happening elsewhere," Kildee's statement says.

In addition to lowering the lead action level, the legislation would also require every public water system to create an inventory of the location, composition and previous work done on all its water service lines.