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There is no safe level of lead exposure — period. But through decades of disinvestment and denial, tens of millions of people across the country in all 50 states — particularly in low-income communities and communities of color — continue to get their drinking water through lead pipes, allowing the potent neurotoxin to make its way into their bodies and cause irreversible harm to our health — especially in children and fetuses, damaging the brain and nervous systems and causing learning disabilities, impaired hearing, and more.
This is a public health disaster a century in the making, and it must be stopped.
The Lead and Copper Rule is a federal protection meant to keep lead out of drinking water, but it is woefully outdated. Thankfully, President Biden's American Jobs Plan includes significant investments to our water infrastructure, and the EPA is seeking comments from the public now on how to strengthen the rule. This could very well be our best and last chance to end the crisis of lead-contaminated water once and for all.
NRDC is rallying to generate 50,000 letters to the EPA before the June 30 comment deadline urging the Biden administration to strengthen the Lead and Copper Rule and immediately remove every single lead pipe out of the ground. Please send your comment now.
We'll also send your letter to your members of Congress so they know investing in safe drinking water is a priority for constituents like you.
It's time to end the lead-contaminated water crisis.
Dear EPA Chief Michael Regan, and Congressmember:
There is no safe level of lead exposure, so it is alarming that tens of millions of people across the country continue to get their drinking water from lead pipes, causing irreversible harm to human health and development -- especially in children and fetuses.
Decades of disinvestment and denial -- particularly in low-income communities and communities of color -- have resulted in this failing water infrastructure plaguing our country. This is a public health crisis that needs to be fixed.
The Lead and Copper Rule is meant to keep lead out of drinking water, but it is woefully outdated and inadequate. Your agency has the power to make history and end this water crisis by strengthening the Lead and Copper Rule to set strict science-based standards and to require removal of every single lead pipe from the ground. The health of millions of people depends on this important action!
Please do everything you can to correct this injustice flowing through the taps in millions of homes, and provide safe and affordable drinking water to all communities.