News Release | Environment North Carolina

Statement: EPA’s new lead rule fails to ensure safe drinking water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized on Tuesday its update to the Lead and Copper Rule -- the federal regulation that is supposed to keep lead out of our drinking water. The final rule fails to order full removal of all lead service lines within 10 years - despite  concerns raised by EPA’s own science advisors and comments submitted by 63 organizations and more than 18,000 individuals from across the country.  The new rule also offers little more than limited testing to address widespread lead contamination of schools’ drinking water.

News Release | Environment North Carolina

Statement: EPA’s new lead rule fails to ensure safe drinking water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized on Tuesday its update to the Lead and Copper Rule -- the federal regulation that is supposed to keep lead out of our drinking water. The final rule fails to order full removal of all lead service lines within 10 years - despite  concerns raised by EPA’s own science advisors and comments submitted by 63 organizations and more than 18,000 individuals from across the country.  The new rule also offers little more than limited testing to address widespread lead contamination of schools’ drinking water.

News Release | Environment North Carolina

Statement: EPA’s new lead rule fails to ensure safe drinking water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized on Tuesday its update to the Lead and Copper Rule -- the federal regulation that is supposed to keep lead out of our drinking water. The final rule fails to order full removal of all lead service lines within 10 years - despite  concerns raised by EPA’s own science advisors and comments submitted by 63 organizations and more than 18,000 individuals from across the country.  The new rule also offers little more than limited testing to address widespread lead contamination of schools’ drinking water.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Omnibus spending package fails to deliver on clean water

Congress is ending the year with no major increases to protect public health from water pollution.  The 2020 omnibus package released Monday contains no increase in  either the Clean Water or Drinking Water State Revolving Funds from Fiscal Year 2020 levels. This final bill is a stark contrast to the additional $11 billion for clean water included in the House’s spending bills, which would have greatly improved efforts to prevent sewage overflows and contamination of drinking water by lead and other sources.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Major deal on federal energy bill moves U.S. forward on renewables and climate action

Congress struck a last-minute bipartisan deal on a major energy bill expected to pass on Monday as part of the omnibus package to fund the federal government. The energy bill includes increased funding for renewable and energy efficiency programs. It also includes a landmark deal to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are especially potent greenhouse gases. The legislation soon to be heading to the president’s desk requires an 85 percent phase out of HFCs over 15 years, meaning the U.S. would join more than 170 other countries that have already made this commitment. Global phase out on this scale could avoid a 0.5 degree Celsius of warming by the end of the century. 

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