Dec 15, 2017

EPA Seeks Input to Revise Lead and Copper Rule

The EPA will host a meeting Jan. 8 to gather ideas to rework the decades old rule

EPA seeks input for lead and copper rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invited state and local officials to attend a two-hour meeting Jan. 8 at the agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. The EPA is seeking input for revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule, which was established in 1991.

Groups invited to the meeting include the Environmental Council of States, the Council of State Governments, the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and others. The EPA said it is considering revisions regarding replacement of lead pipes and improving corrosion control treatment requirements.

Regarding the meeting, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said, “In keeping with our commitment to cooperative federalism, EPA is seeking input from state stakeholders on proposed revisions to properly address lead and ensure communities have access to safe drinking water.”

While the EPA has been focused on reducing regulations on industries, water pollution and water quality has been a priority.