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Flint water crisis prompts more scrutiny of federal drinking water rules

Nov 16, 2015

Researchers at Virginia Tech received samples of Flint water (both clear and discolored) from residents.
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The Flint water crisis will be part of a public meeting this week in Virginia about federal rules on lead.

The National Drinking Water Advisory Council is holding meetings tomorrow through Thursday to develop recommendations for the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA is working on changing its rules on lead and copper in water. Those rules have been scrutinized lately because of Flint’s problems with lead in drinking water.

Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint) will testify.

Lee Anne Walters also plans to speak at the meeting. Her four-year-old son had elevated lead levels in his blood after Flint started using the Flint River as a water source.

"I want the loopholes for the lead and copper rule out. I’m not going to stop until that happens.”

Walters and other critics say there are problems with the rules that can skew the outcome of water tests.

A spokesman with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says the agency is reviewing its water testing protocols.