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Report: Replacing Illinois Lead Pipe Could Create Thousands Of Jobs

Copper pipe installation bringing water to Troy Hernandez's residence in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood on Friday, April 9, 2021. President Joe Biden’s proposal to get rid of every lead water pipe in the country could have huge ramifications. That's especially true in communities where a large number of Black, Latino and low-income residents have been left effectively drinking from a lead straw. The problem persists decades after scientists established that lead consumption is unsafe at any level. Biden announced the pipe proposal as part of his $2.3 trillion infrastructure package. (AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar)

A new report says that replacing all of Illinois’ lead pipes could create over six-thousand jobs. The report was released by Environmental Entrepreneurs and the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters. President Biden has proposed a 45-billion-dollar project to replace all lead pipes in the nation over the next ten years. Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder says the city couldn’t afford to do the project on its own.

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