EPA Issues Proposal to Modify Criteria for “Lead Free” Plumbing Products

EPA is issuing a proposal to update existing regulations as outlined in the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act to modify the definition of lead free plumbing products (e.g., pipes, pipe fittings and fixtures) from 8.0 percent lead content down to 0.25 percent. The proposed rule will implement these requirements for the content of plumbing materials that became effective in 2014.
The proposal also includes labeling and packaging requirements that will allow consumers to identify plumbing devices that meet the new “lead free” definition.  Additionally, the proposal provides information regarding how manufacturers should document that they are meeting these new requirements.  This includes third party certification for large manufacturers, including those in foreign countries.  EPA will accept comments on the proposal for 90 days after it is published in the Federal Register (expected later this month).
Read the prepublication version of the proposed rule here.