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Michigan to urge toughest lead-test rules in US

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and water experts are proposing that the state adopt the nation's toughest lead-testing rules in the wake of the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint.

They're also recommending the replacement of all lead service pipes within a decade.

Other recommendations would require utilities to test all schools and day care centers, and not just some houses. Lead plumbing disclosures also would be mandatory in home sales.

The plan was given to The Associated Press ahead of a meeting in Flint on Friday. It was presented to a committee that Snyder appointed to work on long-term fixes related to the city's water problems.

Federal rules require systems to take steps to control corrosion if lead concentrations exceed 15 parts per billion in more than 10 percent of sampled taps. Michigan would move to a limit of 10 parts per billion by 2020.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) released the following statement after Governor Snyder’s proposal this morning:

“These reforms are important, but I had hoped the governor would announce this morning that he has convinced lawmakers like Speaker Cotter and Senator Lee to approve the emergency resources to replace pipes now and expand health and education services. We are still in the middle of this crisis and without additional support from Lansing or Washington, people are suffering every day.”

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