House OKs measure to study lead in Illinois drinking water
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois House members have approved a plan that would require better monitoring of lead levels in state water supplies from the state’s Environmental Protection Agency.
The resolution requires the state agency to conduct a study of lead in Illinois drinking water and publish results online. The agency would present a final report to Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state Legislature by Dec. 31.
The House overwhelmingly approved the plan on Monday. The resolution advances to the Illinois Senate.
Sponsor Republican state Rep. David McSweeney says the study should be a priority because of the water crises in Flint, Michigan.
According to U.S. EPA data, at least 31 Illinois water systems exceeded the federal lead standard at least once since Jan. 1, 2013.