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Thu Jun 14, 2018, 12:11 AM

Michigan set to adopt strictest lead water rules in country

Lansing — Michigan will finalize the country's toughest lead drinking water rules Thursday after a state rules committee declined to challenge the most recent standards.

The new rules from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will lower the lead action level to 12 parts per billion starting in 2025 and require communities across the state to remove all lead service lines, including those on private property.

The revised rules are slightly more lenient than GOP Gov. Rick Snyder’s original proposal in 2016, which would have lowered the action level to 10 ppb starting in 2020. The state’s current action level is the same as the federal level of 15 ppb, which Snyder has called "dumb and dangerous."

Snyder said in a Wednesday statement that the federal lead and copper rule "simply does not do enough to protect public health."

Read more: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/06/14/michigan-strictest-lead-water-rules-america/699135002/

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