A federal law that passed late Tuesday night will allow New York municipalities to avoid making costly fire hydrant replacements. The EPA had interpreted a 2011 law requiring better lead filtering to include hydrants, but the new law countermands that, Sen. Chuck Schumer said. New York City alone would have had to replace about 1,300 hydrants at a cost of more than $1 million, while Suffolk County would have had to spend $450,000.
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