On Thursday, Governor Rick Snyder announced an increase to state standards for the federal Lead and Copper Rule and that he is creating a permanent commission focusing on the elimination of child lead exposure.
The Lead and Copper Rule is a federal regulation aimed at controlling lead and copper in the drinking water and can only be altered nationally via federal action. Despite an ongoing attempt over the past several years to update that standard, no action has been taken at the federal level. With the announcement today, Michigan will be preparing to follow strengthened state standards while continuing to push for improvements at the federal level. The following reforms will happen through administrative rules:
The Governor is also calling for additional reforms, which will require a change in statute by the Legislature:
Additionally, on Thursday, Governor Snyder signed Executive Order 2017-2 creating the Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission. The creation of a permanent commission was a recommendation of the Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board, chaired by Lt. Governor Brian Calley. The new commission will focus on implementation of the board’s recommendations and monitor the state’s efforts to eliminate lead exposure in children. Housed with the Department of Health and Human Services, the fifteen-member commission will act in an advisory capacity to the Governor and department directors to coordinate and collaborate with all levels of government and stakeholders. The Governor also announced the appointments to the commission, for a full list of appointees, please click here.
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