Governor Whitmer and Liesl Clark, Director of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy have sent a letter to administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, detailing why they should follow Michigan’s lead in lowering the Action Level for lead in drinking water.
Currently, changes which would cut the pace of lead service line replacement in half, and would weaken public health safeguards are proposed.
Governor Whitmer said “America needs urgent action to identify and address elevated lead levels in public water systems. It’s time the EPA follows Michigan’s lead in protecting public health and our water supplies.”
In 2018 changes were enacted to the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act to increase safeguards against lead in our drinking water through tougher testing and detection standards.
Director Liesl added “Michigan’s Lead and Copper Rule is now the strongest in the nation, which allows us to better protect Michiganders against lead exposure in drinking water. These practices should be implemented at a federal level. The proposed changes to the federal rule do not go far enough to protect public health.