EPA to Revise Lead and Copper Rule

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On Tuesday, June 15, the EPA pushed back the effective date of the Trump-Era Lead and Copper Rule after receiving public feedback supporting a delay for the regulation.  The Trump‑Era Rule cut the percentage of a public water system’s lead pipes that need to be replaced annually from 7% down to 3%.  Environmental groups sued the EPA in January to block the regulation claiming that the Rule exposed more children to lead poisoning.  The Biden Administration EPA is reviewing and is expected to revise the Rule which is now set to take effect on December 16, rather than its original effective date of June.  

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