Environmental Protection Agency plans to improve testing for lead in drinking water nationwide are long overdue, according to Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech professor who helped expose the water crisis in Flint, Mich. and other cities.

“One can hope that with this new rule, American’s will finally get the basic protections from lead in water, that they were promised three decades ago,” said Edwards.

Since the 1980’s, the EPA has been under pressure to tighten its guidelines for lead in drinking water.  Those delays have been “a national embarrassment,” according to Edwards.  

The official EPA announcement is expected Thursday afternoon.

To secure a live or recorded video interview with Marc Edwards, contact Bill Foy in the Virginia Tech Media Relations office at 540-998-0288.

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