Shaped by the drinking water crisis in
"The injustice that we all witnessed in
Lead contamination came to the forefront of public consciousness when the water and public health crisis occurred in the predominantly Black city of
It's been discovered in other communities, too. In 2017, 25% of schools in
Children are at a heightened risk for damage by lead contamination. Their growing bodies absorb lead more easily, and their brains and nervous systems are particularly sensitive to the harmful effects of lead exposure, according to the EPA. Even low levels of lead can cause behavior and learning problems, lower IQ, slowed growth and anemia.
According to the
This proposed legislation would prioritize disadvantaged communities, which face a higher risk of lead exposure, and does not leave the financial burden of lead pipe replacement on them.
The 10-year deadline to completely remove all lead services lines and pipes gained approval by many of the bill's supporters, which include a number of environmental nonprofits and organizations, including the NRDC,
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