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Walden, Shimkus, and Upton Applaud EPA Rule to Reduce Lead in Drinking Water


10.10.19

WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR), Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Republican Leader John Shimkus (R-IL), and Energy Subcommittee Republican Leader Fred Upton (R-MI) released the following statement applauding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed ruled to reduce lead in the nation’s drinking water.

“Bolstering the safety of our water systems will help protect the health of our communities and ensure Americans have safer water to drink when they turn on the faucet. Today’s action represents the Trump Administration’s commitment to protecting drinking water by taking this proactive and holistic approach to address our most at-risk communities from lead exposure, a commitment we share.

“Flint, Michigan, Newark, New Jersey, and the people who live there, serve as a constant reminder of just how important the mission is to rid our drinking water of lead. That’s why we worked last Congress at the Energy and Commerce Committee to pass bipartisan legislation into law to modernize our nation’s aging drinking water infrastructure, and applauded the president earlier this week for signing the Water Infrastructure Funding Transfer Act to build on this progress. 

“Despite the hyper-partisanship in Washington, protecting the well-being of American families is a goal that Republicans and Democrats alike can support. We applaud the Administration’s commitment to achieving that goal by improving access to safe drinking water for all American communities,” said Walden, Shimkus, and Upton.

Background

Last Congress, the Committee-led Drinking Water System Improvement Act was signed into law to improve the country’s aging drinking water infrastructure as well as facilitate compliance by our drinking water delivery systems.

On Tuesday, Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR), Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Republican Leader John Shimkus (R-IL), and Energy Subcommittee Republican Leader Fred Upton (R-MI) applauded President Trump for signing the Water Infrastructure Funding Transfer Act into law.

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