Tell the EPA to get the lead out!

Almost three decades after the landmark Lead and Copper Rule went into effect, children and pregnant women are being poisoned by lead in our nation’s drinking water in part because there is no requirement that the EPA be notified about where lead pipes are.

Public employees are pushing the EPA to rewrite its regulations which have helped enable crises like Flint, Mich., and now Newark, N.J. An estimated 15 million to 22 million people, or 5% to 7.5% of our nation’s population, drink water delivered through lead pipes…

There are no safe levels of lead in drinking water. Low levels of exposure to lead in children are linked in hyperactivity, anemia, lower IQs, physical and learning disabilities and slowed growth. In pregnant women, lead can be transmitted to the bones of the developing fetus. In adults, lead can lead to memory loss and high blood pressure. Bones can retain lead for decades.

Let us sort the crap politics out and get something happening to clean up unsafe water. What century is this after all?

2 thoughts on “Tell the EPA to get the lead out!

  1. nicknielsensc says:

    For this to get any attention or urgency at all, they are going to have to find lead pipes in upscale neighborhoods in D.C. or New York or Chicago or some other major city. Until then, the assumption is these pipes are only in poorer neighborhoods and won’t affect the “right” people.

  2. Ignorance is Strength says:

    A recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences tied the rise and fall of lead in Arctic ice samples to economically significant historical events over the course of the last 2,500 years, from the Roman Empire to the present. Climate scientists and historians worked together to conduct the research, using data from 13 ice samples taken from different regions around the Arctic. (July 15, 2019) https://grist.org/article/these-scientists-found-2500-years-of-economic-history-frozen-in-ice/ “…Lead pollution topped out near the end of the 20th century thanks to the 1970 Clean Air Act, which banned leaded gasoline, among other pollutants. The result: an 80 percent decrease in atmospheric lead levels, according to Chellman’s team’s findings. There’s still 60 times as much lead in the atmosphere as there was during the Middle Ages, but it’s evidence that regulatory measures are working.”

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