skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Monday, June 24, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

America's 'Radical Elders' continue their work for fairness, justice; SCOTUS upholds law disarming domestic abusers; Workplace adoption benefits help families, communities; Report examines barriers to successful post-prison re-entry in NC.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

A congresswoman celebrates Biden protections for mixed status families, Louisiana's Ten Commandments law faces an inevitable legal challenge, and a senator moves to repeal the strict 19th century anti-obscenity and anti-abortion Comstock Act.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

A Minnesota town claims the oldest rural Pride Festival while rural educators say they need support to teach kids social issues, rural businesses can suffer when dollar stores come to town and prairie states like South Dakota are getting help to protect grasslands.

EDF maps show progress on Tennessee lead service line replacement

play audio
Play

Tuesday, May 14, 2024   

Tennessee has fallen behind on lead service line replacement, with the Environmental Defense Fund's new maps showing only one utility with a public program.

The maps reveal progress, despite Tennessee having more than 380,000 lead pipes and ranking fifth in the country for service lines to replace, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

LaTricea Adams, founder, CEO and president of Young, Gifted and Green in Memphis, said the new maps are a valuable tool for her organization to continue community education and action on lead poisoning prevention and environmental advocacy.

"It helps us to be able to have a reputable vetted resource to help us in our advocacy endeavors to continue to push for more accountability and oversight as it relates to lead service line replacement at the local level," Adams explained.

The EPA's new Lead and Copper rule expected in October will give municipalities nationwide a decade to replace all existing lead pipes and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocated $15 billion across the country for lead service line replacement.

In Memphis and Shelby County, lead poisoning in children is mainly caused by lead paint in homes, according to the Shelby County Health Department, rather than lead contamination in water.

Adams pointed out areas with lots of lead paint in homes often have lead service lines. She added no form of lead is safe and at any point of exposure it contributes to significant implications for all human beings.

"When we think about children -- for example, when we think about women and child-birthing people -- it becomes even more dire," Adams emphasized. "Around us trying to mitigate, remediate, and I mean, hopefully just completely remove all the barriers that exist to lessen the exposure of lead and all of its forms."

Adams added the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division recently requested state-revolving funds earmarked for lead service line replacement. She added this is among the first instances where requests have been specifically earmarked for such a replacement.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
The 2024 Summer U.S. Conference of Mayors in Kansas City, Mo., will be under the leadership of its president, Mayor Hillary Schieve of Reno, Nev., and host Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas.
(SeanPavonePhoto/Adobe Stock)

play sound

Some Michigan mayors are out of the office this week - but still working for their cities. They're at the 92nd meeting of the United States …


Social Issues

play sound

Summer is here, but some Wisconsin households juggling higher consumer costs and other basic needs might feel like a vacation is out of reach…

Social Issues

play sound

An interim North Dakota legislative committee this week got an update from state leaders on potential moves to reconnect kids in foster care with thei…


Social Issues

play sound

More employers are offering benefits to adoptive parents, according to a new survey by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The amount of paid …

About a quarter of Americans hold unfavorable views of both former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden. (Christian Delbert/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently dismissed a case brought by Republican Arizona attorney general candidate Abraham Hamadeh, Republican Cochise …

Social Issues

play sound

North Carolina's business community is alarmed after Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson praised the controversial House Bill 2, known as the "Bathroom Bill," at …

Social Issues

play sound

Members of the group Radical Elders are participating in a Chicago tech conference this weekend to explain the impact of technology on older Americans…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021