The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule changes last year to create new incentives for companies to clean up and reduce pollution, but in the opinion of some advocates, there is more to be done.
“It’s about time EPA takes the crisis seriously by putting forth much needed updates to this rule,” Carly Michiels, Government Relations Director for Clean Wisconsin, said in a press release, The Examiner reported.
Michiels told the outlet that this rule change was 30 years in the making, and represents a big step forward. Nevertheless, she pointed to holes in the proposal.
The EPA is not doing enough to push for replacement of lead service lines, Michiels said.
The threshold for lead and copper levels is currently based on technology standards from the early 1990s, Michiels explains, nothing that these thresholds are not based on public health.
“There is no safe level of lead exposure,” Michiels said. “Lead in drinking water is a 100% preventable problem.”
She stressed that for ongoing policy changes like the EPA rule and pollution credits, public input and awareness is crucial. Michiels encouraged affected or concerned communities to contact local agencies, and attend public meetings, the outlet reported.
Read more about the fight to get clean water in Wisconsin here.