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State representatives introduce bills focusing on lead abatement and remediation

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While some water filters are designed to screen out potentially deadly lead, many filters and bottled water with added minerals simply improve the taste of water.

State Representative Rachel Hood from Grand Rapids and Lansing’s Sarah Anthony have introduced a package of bills focusing on lead abatement and remediation policy.

The two democrats say the Flint Water Crisis and current elevated levels of lead in Benton Harbor’s water system are cases of failed promises that can be prevented.

The package of bills focuses on lead in drinking water, paint, and as an environmental toxin. They address identification, prevention, and treatment.

The legislation is backed by federal standards updating the definitions of lead exposure and takes a proactive approach to screening for lead and treating children exposed to lead. It also includes physician training for treating lead exposure. Older homes containing lead are also addressed with education programs and updating codes for home renovators.