House passes bill requiring EPA actions on lead-laced water

Flint Mayor Weaver awaits to testify before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on the Flint, Michigan lead water crisis in WashingtonThe U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday easily passed a bill requiring federal environmental regulators to act faster when lead contamination is found in drinking water. It was crafted by Michigan Representatives Dan Kildee, a Democrat, and Fred Upton, a Republican, in the wake of Flint’s drinking water crisis. The measure requires the Environmental Protection Agency to notify the public when concentrations of lead in drinking water rise above mandated levels and to create a plan to improve communication between the agency, utilities, states, and consumers.

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