FILE - Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul

Add Wisconsin's attorney general to the list of AGs pushing for tougher standards for lead testing.

Attorney General Josh Kaul on Thursday joined 10 other states in comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about changes to the country's Lead and Copper Rule. 

“The strong safeguards we’re advocating for would help protect public health," Kaul said. 

Kaul and the other attorneys general say they want to improve the rules for lead testing. 

Specifically Kaul wants the EPA to continue to pay a larger percentage of the cost to replace lead water lines in cities or communities. Right now, that rate is 7 percent, whereas the proposal would cut that to 3 percent. 

"Decreasing the current replacement rate would give water districts up to 33 years to replace lead service lines that test above actionable levels," Kaul said in a statement. 

Kaul said that would lead to a backsliding of lead fighting efforts. Problems with lead in the water in places like Flint, Mich., show the need for continued vigilance, he added. 

“We must ensure that lead doesn’t endanger the safety of our drinking water,” Kaul said. 

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An industry veteran with two decades of experience in media, Benjamin Yount reports on Illinois and Wisconsin statewide issues for The Center Square.