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New legislation tries to exclude fire hydrants from lead-safety law

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Rochester: New legislation tries to exclude fire hydrants from lead-safety law
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NEW YORK STATE -- One lawmaker is calling on the Senate to pass legislation that would save taxpayers and local governments millions of dollars.

In 2011, the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act was passed to reduce levels of lead in primary sources of drinking water.

An unintended consequence of the bill was that newly installed fire hydrants would fall under those standards, starting on January 4th. As a result, Congressman Paul Tonko recently introduced the Community Fire Safety Act, to exempt fire hydrants from the EPA regulation.

"The spirit, letter of the law to remove lead from drinking water is not diminished at all and what we did was a practical thing here, a common sense solution, all ignited by the interaction of our friends at local level government," Tonko said.

On Monday, the House unanimously passed the act. It is now up to the Senate to pass the bill and send it to the White House to be signed into law.

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