The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed legislation today to eliminate the serious health threat and economic burden caused by lead exposure from household water sources. The legislation will update the national lead content standard to nearly eradicate lead in faucets and fixtures which currently contribute up to 20 percent of human lead exposure, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) wrote the legislation (H.R. 5289, the Get the Lead Out Act) and it was included in the Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2010 (AQUA), which the Committee passed today. AQUA will next move to the full House for a final vote.