NEW YORK — New York Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to delay a “sudden mandate” that would force municipalities to replace fire hydrants after Jan. 4.
The senator is taking issue with the EPA’s interpretation of a 2011 law. He says Congress didn’t intend for hydrants to be included in the new reduced-lead drinking water standards.
Schumer says New York City would have to purchase a new stock of hydrants and hydrant parts to comply with the standards.
He says replacing all the fire hydrants will cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.