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Flint's Lead Copper Rule Revisited

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is touting a revision to the Lead and Copper rule.  The new rule requires water utilities to test for lead in schools and child care facilities and lowers the level for lead contamination to trigger a government response.

E.P.A. Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the updated Lead and Copper Rule, or LCR, will lower the lead contamination level requiring a government response and require testing of drinking water in schools and child care facilities.

The new LCR uses science and best practices to correct shortcomings of the previous rule and it will help insure that all Americans have access to safe drinking water regardless of what zip code they live in.”

Environmentalists complain the revised rule will allow lead and galvanized pipes to remain in the nation’s water systems for decades.

Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley says the new Lead and Copper rule is about progress, “not perfection.”