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Schumer Wants Federal Gov't To Reconsider Rule Forcing City To Throw Away Hydrants

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Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the federal government to think twice about a new rule that would force the city to throw away $1 million worth of working fire hydrants.

In 2011, Congress passed the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which meant to protect people from lead poisoning.

Schumer voted for the bill, but he says that the Environmental Protection Agency should exempt fire hydrants because people don't usually drink from them.

"When your water contains lead over a long period of time, it can accumulate in your body and cause a lot of harm," Schumer said. "But in October, all of a sudden, the EPA said it was going to apply to fire hydrants. No one who passed this legislation, including myself, ever imagined it would apply to fire hydrants."

Schumer says that the city would have to get rid of 1,300 fire hydrants.

He claims that manufacturers can't meet the new specification by January 4, which is the EPA's deadline.

The EPA says it is willing to consider new information and may update the rule before that deadline.

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