LCRI Remains at OMB

As of November 16, 2023, the proposed Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI) is still under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The draft proposal was sent to OMB more than 10 weeks ago on August 31, 2023 and is expected to be published in the Federal Register in the near future. This leaves only 11 months for EPA to hold the public comment period for the proposed rule, address comments, make revisions to the proposal, and undergo review by OMB for the final rule before the October 16, 2024 regulatory deadline outlined in the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR). Initial lead service line (LSL) inventories are the first of many requirements that are effective with the LCRR, and are due to be submitted by public water systems to their state and territorial primacy agencies by October 16, 2024; consumers served by an unknown, galvanized requiring replacement, or LSL must be notified of the status of their service line material within 30 days of the submission of the inventory.