Ohio’s EPA chief says new rules needed for lead in tap water

Federal rules for testing lead in drinking water and notifying residents when high levels are coming out of their faucets are in need of a complete overhaul, the state’s environmental agency director said.

Guidelines that include allowing 60 days to pass before alerting residents to excessive lead readings don’t match the public’s expectations when it comes to safe drinking water, said Craig Butler, head of Ohio’s Environmental Protection Agency.

Lead contamination in the tap water in Flint, Michigan, and now in a northeastern Ohio village has put a spotlight on concerns with federal standards.