Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Getting tough

Michigan moves toward strict new lead regulation

Michigan could have the toughest lead in drinking water regulations in the nation.
GABRIELLE EMANUEL

Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is moving forward with proposed changes to the lead and copper rule. If approved, Michigan would hold the toughest regulations on lead in drinking water in the nation. Among the policy revisions is a motion to lower the acceptable lead level in a community’s tap water. If the law passes, the “action level” of 15 ppb of lead would drop to 10 ppb.

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Bill could inject $167M into Minn. water projects

Albert Lea Tribune

A bill allocating $167 million for grant loan projects to help Minnesota cities pay for wastewater and drinking water projects was unveiled in the state Legislature.  The bill allocates state bonding for three grant and loan programs administered by the Public Facilities Authority.

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Ohio River commission may cede pollution control

Associated Press

A commission that watches over the Ohio River’s health across six states may give up setting pollution standards for the waterway, raising concerns it would weaken protections for a source of drinking water for 5 million people. The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission is expected to decide this year whether to let individual states set water quality standards.

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