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Lead in Drinking Water

Minimizing lead and copper in drinking water has been a regulatory challenge ever since EPA published the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) in 1991. The rule established a maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) of zero for lead in drinking water and a treatment technique to reduce corrosion of lead and copper within the distribution system. Since 1991, EPA and states have taken action to increase compliance with the LCR, update the rule to reflect new research and best practices, and better protect public health. The most recent federal action is a major update to the LCR, finalized in January 2020, known as the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR).


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EPA’s Recent Regulatory Actions Now Face a Slightly Uncertain Future Schedule

January 22nd, 2021 Alan Roberson Three recent regulatory actions from EPA (Final Lead and Copper Rule Revisions [LCRR], proposed Fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule [UCMR5] and final regulatory determinations for PFOA, PFOS, and other Fourth Contaminant Candidate List [CCL4] contaminants) are now all in flux. Based on the new Executive Order "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review", all three of these regulatory…

Final LCRR Published in the Federal Register

January 15th, 2021 Alan Roberson The final Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) were published in Friday's (1/15) Federal Register. This rule represents the culmination of a significant amount of work by a broad range of stakeholders to revise the existing 1991 Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). EPA staff deserves credit for getting the LCRR to the finish line. Today,…

EPA Releases Final Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR)

December 23rd, 2020 Alan Roberson On Tuesday, 12/22, EPA released the final Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR). This was a significant effort by the Agency over the past decade to revise the 1991 Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) as several significant problems and implementation issues had become apparent since the 1991 LCR was finalized. These revisions include testing drinking…