Universal Lead Testing…Then What? Urge the EPA to Make Drinking Water Safer!

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Michigan’s Governor has signed legislation mandating lead testing for all 1- and 2-year-olds in the state. Starting next year, doctors treating minors must conduct lead poisoning tests at 12 and 24 months, with additional testing for those at risk. Michigan joins 10 other states, New York being the only other Great Lakes state, to have a universal lead testing requirement. The law aims to identify lead exposure early to prevent severe health, learning, and behavioral issues. This action is a step in the right direction, yet it must be coupled with actions and funding to help children with lead poisoning. 

Lead exposure is particularly dangerous for infants and children, affecting their nervous system, brain, and organs. Exposure can occur through water, touch, or inhalation, especially in homes built before the 1978 lead paint ban. While progress has been made in reducing lead poisoning there is an urgent need for more funding, better education, and stricter accountability in lead abatement efforts. 

This month, the U.S. The Environmental Protection Agency will be releasing ‘improvements’ to the Lead and Copper Rule that regulates lead in drinking water. This new rule must propel the United States into the 21st century. Sign on to Freshwater Future’s lead pledge to advocate for a strong Lead and Copper Rule. 

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