State lawmakers get preview of lead rule

flintSome state lawmakers got an early look at Governor Rick Snyder’s new lead rules that are supposed to be rolled out this week.

Governor Snyder says the federal lead and copper rule is confusing and contributed to the Flint water crisis. The new rule is supposed to get the state engaged sooner when there’s evidence of lead. It also sets a goal of replacing all the lead pipes in the state.

Bryce Feighner is with the state Department of Environmental Quality. He testified before a state House budget subcommittee. He says there’s no substitute for replacing pipes.

“If you’re really going to get the lead out, you have to physically get the lead out.”

But Fieghner says one problem is no one knows where all the lead pipes and fixtures are. The new rule would also require an inventory of water infrastructure in every community.