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  • Senator asks EPA to delay fire hydrant mandate

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  • NEW YORK — New York Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to delay a “sudden mandate” that would force municipalities to replace fire hydrants after Jan. 4.
    The senator is taking issue with the EPA’s interpretation of a 2011 law. He says Congress didn’t intend for hydrants to be included in the new reduced-lead drinking water standards.
    Schumer says New York City would have to purchase a new stock of hydrants and hydrant parts to comply with the standards.
    He says replacing all the fire hydrants will cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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