Firefighting, Legal

Senate Votes Down Bill for Lead-Free Hydrants


By Cheryl K. Chumley

Washington, DC – An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) push to regulate fire hydrants and require that all new ones be built without lead fell flat this week, as the Senate voted to override a House bill containing the measure.

The regulation originated from Representatives Bill Johnson and Paul Tonko in response to an EPA advisement in late October, The Hill reported.

The guidance indicated the agency was going to start requiring fire hydrants to be covered under the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, beginning in 2014.

The logic: The EPA said that fire hydrants are sometimes used as sources of drinking water, The Hill reported.

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