Lead and Copper Rule Revisions Take Effect with Some Uncertainty

The Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) proposed by the Trump administration took effect on December 16, 2021.  (click to read more). The Biden administration said in a statement that by the time the Trump LCRR compliance deadline takes effect on October 16, 2024, the EPA will finalize new Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI).


The Trump-era LCRR will require sampling and lead service line (LSL) replacement to take place over the next decade.  Biden’s proposed LCRI will likely increase the LSL replacement rate, meaning that utilities will have to address LSL faster than contemplated under the Trump rule.  The EPA acknowledged that the LCRI concept created some uncertainty and said that it would work with states to address concerns.


AWBD will have an expert panel explaining the LCRR changes at the 2022 Midwinter Conference in Galveston.  For more information, see https://insideepa.com/daily-news/utilities-states-limbo-over-potential-epa-lead-drinking-rule-changes.