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Fire Hydrant Waiver Proposal

A decision regulating fire hydrants could cost the City of Binghamton $60,000.
A decision regulating fire hydrants could cost the City of Binghamton $60,000.

The Environmental Protection Agency recently changed its rules, which sets new standards for the amount of lead that can be in new fire hydrants. The EPA wants to limit the amount of lead, because if there's an emergency, drinking water might have to be gotten from the hydrants.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says that decision is absurd, because the new standard doesn't apply to shower and bathtub parts. Schumer wants the EPA to exempt hydrants that were bought before the the guidelines went into effect. He also wants the EPA work with hydrant manufacturers, fire departments and municipalities on the issue.

"I think to make us switch all of those up and have that potential 60-thousand dollar burden of hydrants we already bought go to waste, I'm glad Senator Schumer has taken up this cause and I hope he's successful," said Mayor Matt Ryan.

On average, a fire hydrant costs about $1,200.
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