Last updated: April 16. 2014 11:09PM - 1877 Views
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State Sen. John Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, said the state Senate unanimously passed his legislation that would enhance the quality and safety of drinking water by lowering the maximum lead content of plumbing products.

Senate Bill 1254 would make the state Plumbing System Lead Ban and Notification Act consistent with a 2011 change in federal law that became effective Jan. 4, lowering the maximum lead content of plumbing products from 8 percent to 0.25 percent. The bill would also establish a statutory method for the calculation of lead content.

Yudichak, the Democratic chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, said the legislation was drafted at the request of the state Department of Environmental Protection. The bill will be sent to the House for consideration.

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