Environment & Energy Report

House OKs Democratic Plan to Reduce Lead in Drinking Water (1)

July 1, 2020, 7:53 PMUpdated: July 1, 2020, 9:44 PM

House lawmakers on Wednesday approved a significant amendment to the infrastructure package that would devote billions of dollars over the next five years to help reduce lead in water, particularly in environmental justice communities.

The Democratic standalone measure would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act by authorizing $4.5 billion per fiscal year through fiscal 2025 for comprehensive lead service line replacement projects, with priority given to communities of color who are especially exposed to environmental pollution.

The language would shift the cost burden from low-income communities to the federal government to help clean up contaminated water lines.

Michigan Democrats Rashida...

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