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Politics : The Environmentalist Thread

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From: Ron12/22/2020 11:28:43 AM
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The Environmental Protection Agency is adopting new rules requiring water utilities to notify the public more quickly about possible lead contamination, the first major regulatory update of its kind in nearly 30 years.

The measure signed Monday evening by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler will require utilities to alert customers of high lead concentrations within 24 hours of detection—rather than within 30 days—of learning the results of lead tests.

Water utilities will also be required for the first time to test for lead in the water supplies of schools and child-care centers, and to replace their lead-pipe systems any time their customers replace the lead pipes they own in their homes and businesses.

Utilities that find high lead levels in their water will also get more time to replace their lead pipes, a measure that drew opposition from environmental groups.
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