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U.S. senators, representative introduce federal legislation to prevent another water crisis

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U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee announced legislation to prevent another Flint water crisis.

The legislation seeks to clarify the EPA’s authority to notify the public if there is a danger from lead in their water system. The bill would direct the EPA to notify residents and health departments if the amount of lead found in a public water system requires action in the absence of notification by the state.

“It is clear the State of Michigan did not fulfill their responsibility to prevent lead from leeching into Flint’s drinking water system or to make the public aware of the danger in their drinking water,” Peters said. “There are a number of steps that need to be taken to both mitigate the long-term effects of lead exposure on Flint residents and ensure this type of situation never happens again, and this legislation will make it clear the EPA can take action if a state is dragging their feet and endangering the health of its residents.”

The legislation also allows the EPA to release the results of any lead monitoring conducted by public water systems.

Currently, the responsibility for notification lies at the local and state level.

“The Flint water crisis is a failure of government, particularly at the state level, and necessary changes need to be made to existing law to ensure that another public health emergency like this never happens again,” Kildee said. “This state has a moral responsibility to act, and it must do more to help make sure that Flint families and children get the immediate and long-term resources they need to help cope with this terrible crisis.”

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