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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Joins Congressional Colleagues in Addressing Lead Pipe Water Crisis

February 4, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) joined Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) and Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) today in introducing the Safe Drinking Water Act Improved Compliance Awareness Act in response to safe drinking water emergencies like we are seeing in Sebring, Ohio and Flint, Michigan.

“Safety is, and always will be, my number one priority. It is outrageous that those in Sebring and Flint were knowingly and blatantly put in danger by the very people who were supposed to be protecting their wellbeing. This legislation is a step in the right direction to ensure that these horrible situations do not continue to happen in our communities. There is more to be done and I will do everything in my power to resolve the current crisis and ensure that we resolve and rectify the root of the problem,” said Congressman Ryan.

This legislation will strengthen requirements to have the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) step in to notify the public when concentrations of lead in drinking water are above federal requirements. It requires the EPA to create a strategic plan for handling and improving information flow between water utilities, the states, the EPA, and affected consumers. It also ensures consumer notification when the corrosiveness of water being transported in a lead pipe could leech into public drinking water.