Rep. Landis Supports Legislation Protecting Ohioans From Lead In Drinking Water
Bill expedites public notice of lead in drinking water
May 13, 2016
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This week, Rep. Al Landis (R-Dover) applauded the Ohio House for passing legislation that works to protect citizens from dangerous levels of lead in drinking water. The bill was sponsored by State Representative Tim Ginter (R-Salem) and is based on recommendations from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

House Bill 512 makes Ohio a leader in water quality policy by updating state requirements for testing homeowners’ water and expediting the process for notifying and educating the public about unsafe lead levels. This is in response to recent events in Sebring, Ohio that highlighted the inadequate current federal guidelines mandated through the Safe Drinking Water Act. These guidelines specify that water systems have 30 days to disclose to the public that high levels of lead have been detected—a response time that is far too slow and raised serious public health concerns.

House Bill 512 shortens the timeline significantly by requiring water system operators to disclose water sample test results to homeowners within two business days. If test results show unacceptable levels of lead, the bill would require the water systems operator to notify the homeowner within two business days, while providing system-wide educational information within 30 days, compared to the current federal deadline of 60 days.

Representative Landis, who is Chair of the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee that held hearings on the bill, says the legislation is a critical step toward protecting Ohioans.

“I want to commend Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler and Rep. Tim Ginter who brought this crucial bill to us,” said Rep. Landis. “Protecting the public is of the highest concern for all of us. It was imperative that we react instead of waiting for federal guidelines. The result is a bipartisan bill that addresses lead in the water in a much quicker manner.”

Drafted in coordination with the Ohio EPA, House Bill 512 works to address some of the many concerns with the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act through proactive action on the state level.

The bill passed the House with bipartisan support and will now head to the Senate for further consideration.

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