Blue states want EPA to tighten lead pipe proposal

Fourteen Democratic attorneys general are urging the EPA to tighten requirements for replacing lead pipes under a proposed rule.

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Lawyers representing 13 blue states and Washington, DC, expressed concern to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that its rule “does not enough to protect public health generally and specifically to address the disparate impacts of drinking water contaminated with lead contributes to underserved communities.”

They pointed to a waiver that allows cities with large numbers of lead water pipes to exceed the proposal's general 10-year timeline for removing lead pipes.

They wrote that replacing the main service line under this rule could take 44.6 years in Chicago and 33.1 years in Houston.

The lawyers wrote that after the first decade, the maximum number of lead pipes to be replaced should double.

Read more in the full report below TheHill.com.

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