A Sick National Joke: The EPA Lead and Copper Rule Comes (Again) to the U.S. Congress

Back in Summer 1991, the nation was concerned when high lead in water was found in the U.S. Congress:

But thank goodness we fixed the problem with the EPA Lead and Copper Rule.

Whoops. Six months after inhibitor was added to water, in response to the D.C. Lead Crisis, someone checked and the problem with high lead in water was still there.

Capitol Hill Workers Told Not to Drink From Faucets
By David Nakamura Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 12, 2005; Page B03
Capitol Hill employees have been advised not to use water from bathroom and kitchen faucets for drinking or cooking after tests last month discovered excessive levels of lead in water at the Library of Congress.

Now, after Flint, a national lead in water cheating scandal exposed by the Guardian, breaking news on lax enforcement by the EPA, and about the 6th time parents in D.C. schools figured out their kids were being exposed to dangerously high lead….someone decided to check Congress again. Yep….still there.

Lead Contamination in Congressional Office Building Forces Water Shutdown

By now we’re used to Congress’s abysmal public approval ratings and the complaints of our fellow citizens. “They’re doing what with my tax dollars!?” they exclaim. “Geez. It’s almost like there’s something in the water.” Well, actually, there is something in the water. 1:20 PM, Jun 29, 2016 | By Alice B. Lloyd

Nice to know that our Congress, gets just a taste of what Flint residents, our school children and the rest of the nation are enduring.

Author: Dr. Marc Edwards

Congressional Hearings on Flint Water Crisis [February 2016]

Feb 03, 2016 | ‘Contaminated Drinking Water in Flint, Michigan’

Hosting: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Testimonies by (L-R): Mr. Joel Beauvais (EPA), Mr. Kenneth Creagh (MDEQ), Dr. Marc Edwards (VA Tech), Ms. Lee-Anne Walters (Flint resident)

Feb 10, 2016 | ‘The Flint Water Crisis: Lessons for Protecting America’s Children’

Hosting: House Democratic Caucus
Testimonies by: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha (Hurley Medical Center), Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou (Parents for Nontoxic Alternatives), Mr. Bilal Kareem Tawwab (Flint (MI) School District), Dr. Eric Scorsone (Michigan State University), Flint (MI) Mayor Karen Weaver