McSweeney Asks EPA to Study Lead Levels in Water

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney:

Rep. David McSweeney Calls for IEPA to Investigate Lead Levels in Illinois Drinking Water

AlLAW faucet“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.”

David McSweeney

David McSweeney

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.


Comments

McSweeney Asks EPA to Study Lead Levels in Water — 5 Comments

  1. I’ll be impressed when they address the needless and toxic fluoridation of our water.

  2. Why don’t he concentrate on getting a budget passed

    again a self serving grand standing by mcwinninie

  3. Except for the nonsense about the name calling, I agree, what about the budget?

    The Cities know the answer already, collecting the info state wide, will it really help?

    The Cities know and should of dealt with the lead pipes years ago, this isn’t a new deal.

  4. I’ll be impressed with Representative McSweeney’s noble gesture when he jumps on board with Senator Althoff to help those resident’s of Ritz Road in Marengo as they battle the IEPA, Arnold Eng. and 300 West over the loss of their private wells from pollution allowed to saturate the soil and groundwater. Not only have these folks lost their wells, their properties are virtually unsalable. Their only recourse is to take these companies to court as all those responsible for the problem pass the buck and hope the folks will just go away!

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