Lead and Copper Rule; Saudi Arabia Deployment

Grind for October 14th
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
– Maya Angelou

Close But No Cigar

The Headline

EPA updates Lead and Copper Rule

The Grind

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced proposed changes to the way cities check drinking water for lead content.

The proposal is the first update to the 1991 Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), which requires communities to monitor customers’ taps for lead and copper content and to take action if the concentration of either metal reaches a certain level.

The rule also forces communities to inform the public if lead content reaches dangerous levels.

The Details

The proposal announced this week establishes a lower trigger level for lead content, requires communities to maintain a public map of lead service lines, and to assist homeowners in replacing lead lines if water is deemed contaminated.

“By improving protocols for identifying lead, expanding sampling, and strengthening treatment requirements, our proposal would ensure that more water systems proactively take actions to prevent lead exposure, especially in schools, childcare faculties, and the most at-risk communities,” explains EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

Critics had hoped the EPA would require all lead service lines be replaced.

Consuming lead can be harmful even at low levels, and the symptoms of lead poisoning typically appear only after dangerous amounts have accumulated in the body.

Exposure to lead been known to cause developmental issues in children, cardiovascular and kidney problems, high blood pressure, stillbirth, miscarriage, and death.

Be Prepared

The Headline

Trump Administration sends weapons and troops to Saudi Arabia

The Grind

The Pentagon on Friday announced the deployment of 2,000 troops to Saudi Arabia to support our ally in the face of Iranian aggression.

The US will also send three anti-missile systems and two squadrons of jet fighters. The additional troops will join 700 already stationed in Saudi Arabia.

The Details

The move, which comes days after President Trump decided to pull US troops from Syria ahead of a Turkish invasion, marks the third major deployment to Saudi Arabia since July.

Washington also plans to keep an aircraft carrier and warships in the region just in case.

The Trump Administration has continued to support Saudi Arabia despite the kingdom’s role in the Yemeni Civil War, its blatant human rights abuses, and the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

US involvement in Saudi Arabia has increased in recent months alongside Iranian aggression – including attacks on oil tankers and Saudi oil facilities.

Saudi Arabia is also receiving help from Russia, whose president has publicly urged the kingdom to purchase Russian anti-aircraft systems.

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