lead contamination

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New requirements aim to keep Ohioans safe from lead contamination in their drinking water.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency now requires each public water system to give residents 45 days’ notice when lead pipes will be worked on. They have to provide filters if a pipe is being replaced.

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Youngstown area state Representative John Boccieri is calling for better support for local communities dealing with lead contamination.

He says that local water authority operators are understaffed, and have trouble following through with health departments and residents on cases of contamination.

Sebring, which experienced high lead levels in its tap water last year, is in Boccieri’s district.

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Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio EPA laid out plans today to change how municipalities handle lead-contaminated drinking water.

Some of the proposed changes include tighter deadlines for informing people of contaminated water and providing grants for communities to replace lead service lines.

Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler says making changes now at the state level will hopefully encourage change in antiquated federal laws.

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