Mich. Proposes Rules to Replace All Lead Pipes Within 20 Years

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder drinks water as he testifies before a House Oversight and government Reform hearing in Washington on March 17. (Photo/REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE)

November 29, 2017
OAN Newsroom

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder plans to require the state to replace all lead pipes within 20 years.

The state unveiled its new environmental rules on lead this week, which will likely be the stiffest in the nation.

This comes after studies finding the flint water crisis may have caused a deadly outbreak of legionnaires disease.

Some cities are pushing back against the change, which is costing nearly $100 million just in Flint.

Meanwhile, Detroit has up to 125,000 old lines, and has said it might take more than 20 years to replace them.

A public meeting will be held Wednesday nihbefore rules are finalized next week.