EPA Announces Meeting on Lead and Copper Rule Revision

In December, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that they will hold a meeting with stakeholders to discuss revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). The rule, initially passed in 1991 and revised in 2007, has come under fire since actions in Flint, Michigan lead to the city’s water supply becoming tainted and undrinkable. The crisis began nearly four years ago, and the city of Flint still does not have drinkable water.

The initial deadline for publishing the revised rule was January 2018, however the deadline has been pushed back to August 2018. The delay has been attributed to turnover since the Trump Administration took office, as well as the administration looking to reduce the regulatory burden throughout government. With the new deadline, the revised rule is not expected to be finalized until at least February 2020.

EPA has invited stakeholders, including APWA, to participate in a meeting at EPA headquarters to discuss revisions to the rule, as well as difficulties that stakeholders may encounter when implementing the revised rule. The meeting will take place on January 8, 2018. APWA Government Affairs staff is asking members to please submit comments for discussion at the meeting. If you have questions or comments on the LCR, the meeting, or the rulemaking process, please contact Sean Garcia at sgarcia@apwa.net.