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Flint leaders seek tougher rules on lead in drinking water

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Leaders from the Flint area want stronger regulation of public drinking water systems to avoid more problems such as the lead contamination that has plagued the Michigan city.

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee told the Environmental Protection Agency's National Drinking Water Council the lead pollution of Flint's water was a "failure of government." The council met Wednesday near Washington, D.C., to discuss revising a federal rule on lead and copper levels in water.

Kildee said any changes should promote accountability to restore public trust and ensure drinking water is safe.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha of Hurley Medical Center helped disclose that some Flint children had elevated lead levels in their blood after the city began using Flint River water in 2014. She said the same thing is probably happening in other places.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D–Flint) released the following statement on testifying today .

“Instead of a shield to protect families from exposure, in our case it appears the Lead and Copper Rule was used as a shield to protect officials from having to admit there was a dangerous and foreseeable problem. The standard should never be ‘what is the least we can do to fulfill our obligation.’ It should always be ‘how do we make absolutely certain there is not one person at risk of lead poisoning.’ Today I asked the EPA to consider the important role that they have in this process because the rules and regulations they recommend could be the difference between safe, clean drinking water and decades of health repercussions for thousands of families.”

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