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EPA Pushes Trump Lead and Copper Rule Effective Date to December

June 15, 2021, 2:01 PM

The EPA is pushing back the effective date of the Trump-era Revised Lead and Copper Rule to December from June after receiving public feedback supporting a delay for the regulation.

The Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing and expected to revise the rule (RIN 2040-AG15), which is now set to take effect on Dec. 16, according to a Federal Register public inspection notice published Tuesday.

The rule cuts the percentage of a water system’s lead pipes that need to be replaced annually under the long-awaited rule revision. It requires water systems to replace at least 3% of lead service ...