- National Drinking Water Alliance
Lead and Copper Rule Revision on Pause: Public Input Invited
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) has been in a long revision period, culminating in Trump administration final revisions that were published on January 15, 2021.
On January 20, 2021, the Biden administration issued a “regulatory freeze” memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies. The purpose of the “freeze” was to ensure that President Biden’s appointees or designees have an opportunity to review and approve any new or pending rules, including those already sent to the Office of the Federal Register but have not yet been published. The memo also directs department and agency heads to consider postponing rules already published in the Federal Register but not yet in effect, in order to seek additional public comment on issues of fact, law and policy.
On April 14, EPA posted:
EPA is extending the effective date of the Revised Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) so that the agency can seek further public input, particularly from communities that are most at-risk of exposure to lead in drinking water…and for review of the LCR revision undertaken in the previous administration in a manner consistent with public health purposes.
The public is invited to submit comments in a comment period that ends 6/30/2021:
Go to https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/04/05/2021-06926/lead-and-copper-rule-lcrr-virtual-engagements to submit a comment (click the green button).
Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2021-0255
Read the Federal Register entry for background.
EPA is also holding listening sessions on April 28 and May 5, and community and stakeholder roundtables in May. Learn more and register here.
See our earlier posts on the Lead and Copper Rule revision process:
Support a Strong Lead in Water Rule: Provide Your Comments Now! (posted 2/3/2020)
Proposed New Lead and Copper Rule Released for Comment Period (posted 10/11/2019)
Towards a Much-Needed Health-Based Benchmark for Lead in Drinking Water (posted 3/27/2017)