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Statement by Congressman Dan Kildee on Recent Lead and Copper and Rule Hearing

February 11, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus who represents Flint, Mich., issued the following statement after the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Climate and Environment Subcommittee Tuesday held a hearing about updating the Lead and Copper Rule, where Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha testified:

“After what happened to my hometown of Flint, we must strengthen and update the Lead and Copper Rule to protect public health and provide greater transparency for families. Dr. Mona is a national hero and I appreciate her continued advocacy for the people of Flint. It was because of Dr. Mona’s independent testing that the public first learned children had high lead levels in their blood.

“We know there is no safe level of lead in water. After years of delay, the Trump Administration finally released its Lead and Cooper Rule revisions, which are inadequate and weak. The President’s proposed changes to the Lead and Copper Rule would allow dangerous lead lines to remain in the ground, even after high levels of lead have been detected. We need to remove all lead service lines in our communities to protect families and children, which is why I have introduced the NO LEAD Act to rebuild America’s water infrastructure. Protecting children and families from lead exposure must be a top priority.”