Washington, D.C. – In response to Vice President Kamala Harris, EPA Administrator Michael Regan, and Assistant Administrator Radhika Fox’s visit to Newark to discuss funding for removing and replacing lead service lines today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the following statement and digital ad campaign.
The following statement is attributable to Deputy Legislative Director Madeleine Foote:
“We applaud the city of Newark for modeling the quick and full removal and replacement of lead service lines for everyone in their city. Millions of families across our country have been subjected to the dangers of lead-contaminated water in their homes and in their schools for far too long. As the Biden-Harris administration continues to implement the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funds, we urge them and states to prioritize fast, full replacement of lead service lines, especially in low-income communities and communities of color who are disproportionately exposed to lead pollution. We thank Vice President Harris, EPA Administrator Regan, and Assistant Administrator Radhika Fox for leading in these efforts, but much more is needed. In order to fulfill the Administration’s commitment to replace all lead-contaminated service lines, we need Congress to pass the additional investments from the Build Back Better Act. Only then can we make truly historic progress and get the lead out of our communities once and for all.”
Alongside their visit, LCV will launch a digital ad campaign in Newark and surrounding communities urging the Biden administration and Congress to finish the job and pass serious climate legislation – now. This may be Congress’ last best chance to pass bold climate action by investing in clean energy, high-quality union jobs, and environmental justice.