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EPA: No changes to federal lead water rule until next year

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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)
WASHINGTON (AP) -

The Environmental Protection Agency's top water regulator says officials are working to strengthen a federal rule limiting lead and copper in drinking water. That comes in the aftermath of lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan.

But the agency will not propose changes until next year and a final rule is expected months after that.

Joel Beauvais, acting chief of the EPA's water office, told Congress Wednesday that he and others at the EPA "certainly have a sense of urgency" about making changes to the lead and copper rule, but added: "We also want to get them right."

Beauvais made the comments as the House Energy committee began a hearing on the ongoing lead-contamination crisis in Flint.

The lead and copper rule requires water systems across the country to monitor drinking water.

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