EPA Fire Hydrant Mandate May Cost NYC $1M

NEW YORK (AP) -

A “sudden mandate” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would force New York City to replace 1,300 of their fire hydrants by Jan. 4 at a taxpayer expense of more than $1 million, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Monday. Schumer says that the 2011 law passed by Congress regarding reduced-lead in drinking water standards was not intended for hydrants to be included, and that the EPA’s interpretation of it is wrong.