A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney:
Rep. David McSweeney Calls for IEPA to Investigate Lead Levels in Illinois Drinking Water
“We are learning through media reports that some water systems could have lead levels exceeding federal standards,” McSweeney said.
“This is our drinking water we are talking about here.
“The IEPA needs to investigate this closely and report back to us on how widespread this problem really is.
“This problem needs to be addressed now.”
According to recent reports, there are public water systems that have had tests showing lead levels exceeding federal standards.
“We cannot have another Flint, Michigan,” McSweeney said.
“We have to get to the bottom of this and take care of it before we have a truly disastrous situation on our hands.”House Joint Resolution 153 directs the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a study of lead in Illinois drinking water.
The study would begin immediately and the IEPA will have to issue a comprehensive report no later than December 31, 2016.
“Part of the problem in Flint was that the public was not getting accurate information,” McSweeney said.
“We can and should prevent something like that from happening here.
“The only way we can solve this problem is to get accurate information.
“If we have learned anything from Flint, it should be that we need to start working on this sooner rather than later.”
House Joint Resolution 153 has been introduced and awaits assignment to a legislative committee.