Apr 18, 2016

Michigan Gov. Advocates for Stricter Lead Regulations

Critics claim Governor's endorsed regulation is not strict enough

Flint, Michigan, lead, water, contaminant, water quality, EPA, regulations

The Michigan governor’s endorsement of a plant to reduce allowable lead in water from 15 ppm to 10 ppm is not strict enough for critics, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press.

Gov. Rick Snyder’s endorsement of the plant follows months of turmoil in Flint, Mich. where water quality has been of grave concern for residents.

Dissenters of the proposed plan note lead levels as low as 5 ppm is harmful to people, especially children. The federal standard also allows for 10% of tested samples to have greater than 15 ppm of lead in water.

Using recent sampling as an example, the Detroit Free press reported around 98% of the state’s public water systems would pass the stricter requirement endorsed by Snyder. Of the 1,390 systems throughout the state, only 26 of them would not have met the proposed 10 ppm requirement.

Under the proposed plan in Michigan, day care providers and schools would also be required to test for lead annually, and officials would have to take inventory of lead lines throughout the state. That inventory would be used to establish a replacement timetable.

The Detroit Free Press has a full report on the proposal.