Dec 19, 2017

EPA Delays Lead and Copper Rule Revisions

The delay has received mixed reception by officials and environmentalists

EPA delays lead and copper rule

On Dec. 14, the U.S. EPA announced a delayed publication for the new draft of the Lead and Copper Rule. Previously, EPA’s objective was to release the draft by Jan. 2018, but has been pushed back to Aug. 2018.

The EPA will use the extended time table to gather input from state and local officials, and assess revision strategies. Additionally, this announcement coincides with the Trump Administration's goal to cut back on federal regulations. In the first 11 months of the Trump administration, 1,579 rules have been cancelled or delayed. The recently announced delay in the Lead and Copper Rule has received a mixed reception by officials.

Democratic Representatives Frank Pallone of N.J., Paul Tonko of N.Y., and Debbie Dingell of Mich., said in a joint statement, “Administrator Pruitt is hiding this delay behind the guise of a novel consultation process with the states, but the states need to see the proposed rule in order to provide relevant comments.”

Still, others see the delay as an opportunity to receive more input and, therefore, make better revisions. Lynn Thorp, campaign director for Clean Water Action said, “Further consultation with state and local governments is very appropriate. We should make sure revisions are truly informed.”

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