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Weak Drinking Water Laws Blamed in D.C. Lead Scare

News of dangerous levels of lead in Washington D.C.'s drinking water sparks an outcry from the community -- especially because city water officials knew about the problem and did little to warn the public. In the first of two reports, NPR's Daniel Zwerdling explains that weak federal laws regulating drinking water are to blame.

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Daniel Zwerdling is a correspondent in NPR's Investigations Unit.