Mich. congressman advocates for updates to Lead & Copper Rule

April 10, 2017
Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) cites the water crisis in Flint for the request. 

WASHINGTON, DC, APRIL 10, 2017 -- A congressman representing Flint, Mich., introduced a bill that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lower the acceptable levels of lead in drinking water, expanding sampling and testing procedures.

Last week, Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) said the EPA needs to strengthen its Lead and Copper Rule in light of the water crisis in Flint, according to The Hill.

In a statement, Kildee said: "After what happened to my hometown of Flint, we must strengthen and update the Lead and Copper Rule to provide greater transparency for families. Updating this outdated rule will not only protect public health, it will restore public confidence in their water systems.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."

The EPA has not yet responded to the bill.

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