Recently the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) outlined its plans to handle lead water contamination in two letters. The first letter was from Administrator Gina McCarthy to 49 governors (Wyoming did not receive one) and a second detailed letter from Deputy Assistant Administrator Joel Beauvais in the EPA Office of Water to state regulators.

The agency has come under fire recently for the lack of decisiveness when dealing with the situation in Flint such as restoring corrosion control. However, they now look to get ahead of the issue to ensure that this does not happen again:


McCarthy said in her letter that her staff "will be meeting with every state drinking water program across the country to ensure that states are taking appropriate action to identify and address" issued of lead levels being above acceptable levels. She also called for states to do more to ensure that the public receives "better and quicker" information on lead risks.

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