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  • Community Fire Safety Act

    by Senator Rob Portman

    Posted on 2013-12-17

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    PORTMAN. Would the Senator yield? I yield to my colleague from Ohio.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Ohio.

    Mr. PORTMAN. I wish to thank the Senator and our colleague from Pennsylvania, Mr. Toomey, for the work on this issue.

    Municipalities all around the country, including my State of Ohio, were shocked to hear about this. I appreciate joining my colleague from New York in a letter to the EPA.

    Cash-strapped cities in New York, Ohio, and other States are happy to know they are not going to have to take on this burden. It makes sense to stop, take a look at this, and be sure we are not forcing these hydrants--that are otherwise in good shape--to be repaired and replaced. It is not something that is in the budgets of these cities.

    I appreciate the Senator's work on it and look forward to ensuring that this does not move forward into regulation but also that we figure out a more sensible way to deal with the issue.

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