The US is considering removing “toxic” lead pipes from Americans’ drinking water as the Biden administration announced on Thursday its agenda which includes deleting 100% of lead pipes due to their posing threat to health.
Environmental offices backed the plan which would improve the nation's drinking water standards as the scientists are sure that lead of any kind is destructive for children.
However, lawyers at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which has been standing for eradicating lead, are doubtful about the time limit for the agenda and whether it can reach success in delivering enforceable requirements.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a row of steps which indicated that $2,9 billion of $15 billion in Biden’s infrastructure plan would be needed for local water agencies to implement the idea into practice, starting with low-income communities which suffer from water poisoning at most.
“The science on lead is settled - there is no safe level of exposure and it is time to remove this risk to support thriving people and vibrant communities,” EPA’s administrator Michael S Regan said in a statement.
Regan held talks in person with numerous residents from communities with lead-contaminated water. “These conversations have underscored the need to proactively remove lead service lines, especially in low-income communities,” he said following the talks.
The plan for removing lead pipes had been drafted during Trump’s presidency in December 2020, but Biden’s administration postponed the implementation and sent the draft into further consideration.
According to the initial plan, it would have reduced the limit of lead but the remaining percentage of lead would also be harmful for society, activists think.
EPA said it would be working on the plan and try to improve it despite it being a lengthy process. Nonetheless, NRDC keeps promoting its point of view calling the plan at the current stage to be weak and in case it comes to effect, the lead contamination will be lasting for the next decade at minimum.
The figures that the Federal Government is familiar with indicate that more than 10 million of homes include lead pipes in spite of construction plans containing lead have been banned for more than decades ago. Statistically, low-income families usually dwell in older homes, the majority of whom are Black and Latinos, and these families are at a higher risk of getting poisoned.