EPA Delays Effective Date of Lead and Copper Rule Revisions and Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule Further Delaying Effective Date of Lead and Copper Rule Revisions
On March 12, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice that the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) finalized and published in the Federal Register on January 15, 2021 would not go into effect until June 17, 2021. The rule was slated to go into effect on March 16, 2021. The EPA also published a notice of proposed rule to further delay the effective date of the LCRR until December 16, 2021. Comments on the proposed rule are due April 12, 2021. The LCRR requires all water systems to collect samples from homes with lead service lines if lead is present in the distribution system, provides new alternatives to corrosion control treatment for small systems, and requires all water systems to notify consumers within 24 hours of lead exceedances.