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Lawmakers push for stronger EPA requirements amid Flint water crisis

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This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM) This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM)

Michigan’s congressional delegation is co-sponsoring a bill to avoid another crisis like Flint.

The bill, called the Safe Drinking Water Act Improved Compliance Awareness Act, would strengthen requirements to have the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notify the public when lead, above the federal requirements, is detected in drinking water.

The bill would require the EPA to have a better flow of information between different systems and the consumers.

Flint residents were not notified of the lead when EPA first discovered there was a problem.

“When there are unacceptable levels of lead in people’s drinking water, they should immediately be told about it,” Congressman Dan Kildee said. “This is the latest action I’m taking in Congress to promote accountability and help Flint recover from this terrible man-made tragedy.”

The bill is co-sponsored by all 14 members of Michigan’s congressional delegation.

“What happened in Flint is simply unacceptable at all levels. No amount of regrets or words can actually fix what’s broken – we need concrete action,” said Congressman Fred Upton, who chairs the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. “Our bipartisan legislation will ensure consumers are not kept in the dark and makes certain the EPA fulfills their fundamental duty to warn the public of high lead levels. Our efforts now must focus on helping those Flint families who need clean water. We’re not letting up.” 

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is the committee overseeing the congressional hearings on the Flint water crisis.

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