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U.S. EPA proposes replacing lead water pipes within 10 years

Published Nov 30, 2023 07:56AM ET Updated Nov 30, 2023 11:47AM ET
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(Reuters) - The Biden administration announced a proposal on Thursday which would require water systems across the U.S. to replace lead pipes within the next ten years, an issue which has been previously called a public health crisis by Vice President Kamala Harris.

The proposal, announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), includes a series of additional regulatory actions such as lowering the lead action level and improving sampling protocols utilized by water systems, the agency said in a statement.

The White House has made removing every lead pipe within 10 years in the United States a centerpiece of its plan to address racial disparities and environmental issues in the wake of water contamination crises in recent years from Newark, New Jersey to Flint, Michigan.

The administration announced $15 billion in funding to remove such pipes as part of the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package President Joe Biden signed in November, 2021.

U.S. EPA proposes replacing lead water pipes within 10 years
 

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A_Jaundiced_Eye Nov 30, 2023 9:26AM ET
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Looking for lead? Suggest a CAT Scan of Joey's cranium.
Jake Vee
Jake Vee Nov 30, 2023 9:11AM ET
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The real question you should ask yourself is: how many administrations have allowed lead water pipes to remain in this country while spending trillions of dollars on foreign wars? They don’t care about you.
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Stephen Fa Nov 30, 2023 8:40AM ET
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Lead is 'racist' lol
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Nov 30, 2023 8:40AM ET
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Don't be small. There are racial disparities in led exposure.
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Another joke from WH
 
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