CLEVELAND, Ohio – Federal and state officials need to do more to help cities like Cleveland tackle lead poisoning, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown said Friday after a private meeting with city and county health officials.

Brown introduced a bill Thursday that would require state environmental officials – within 15 days -- of elevated lead levels in water to swiftly notify the public.

Brown proposed the new rules in response to Sebring residents being left "in the dark" for months that there were toxic levels of lead in their drinking water. The legislation would also require immediate action to help provide emergency water and filters to residents when water is contaminated.

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