-By Lilyan Beck-
The Environmental Protection Agency along with the Biden Administration has proposed new rules regarding lead water pipes.
As of right now, millions of Americans drink water that travels through lead pipes. The consumption of lead is believed to lead to a decrease in IQ in children along with heart disease in adults.
This new ruling is one of the largest lead overhaul rules in more than 30 years. It is estimated that this project will cost billions of dollars.
Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician and clean water advocate, said, "These improvements ensure that in a not too distant future, there will never be another city and another child poisoned by their pipes."
This proposal would require utilities to replace all lead pipes, even if the levels of lead being produced isn't too high.
Radhika Fox, head of the EPA Office of Water, said, "We're trying to right a longstanding wrong here. We're bending the arc towards equity and justice on this legacy issue."