EPA LCR Revisions and Lead-Free Plumbing Rule

Final LCRR Sent to OMB for Review

July 29, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Press Release indicating that the Agency has submitted the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCCR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for their review. OMB has 90 days to review the regulations (OMB can extend their review by 30 days).

Link to EPA Press Release (see fourth paragraph of Press Release):

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-another-significant-step-effort-reduce-lead-drinking-water

EPA and Lead-Free Plumbing

As indicated in the Press Release (link above), EPA has also released a pre-publication Federal Register final rule, codifying Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements regarding lead-free plumbing (pre-publication_final_lead_free_rule).

Link to EPA Web Page on Lead-Free Plumbing:

https://www.epa.gov/sdwa/use-lead-free-pipes-fittings-fixtures-solder-and-flux-drinking-water#:~:text=In%201996%20Congress%20further%20amended,that%20is%20not%20lead%20free.

Background.  The lead-free requirements were first enacted in the 1986 SDWA Amendments.  The 1986 Amendments defined lead free as “solder and flux with no more than 0.2% lead and pipes with no more than 8%.”  The 1996 Amendments to the SDWA made it illegal for any pipe or plumbing fixture that was not lead-free to be introduced into commerce except for pipes used in manufacturing or industrial processing, and required lead leaching standards be developed by 3rd party certifiers.

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Dr. Askenaizer leads WQTS’ work on regulatory compliance support for many of our water agencies clients. Dr. Askenaizer tracks water quality and treatment regulations at the Federal and State levels and provides regulatory updates to our clients. Dr. Askenaizer has strong expertise in the development of Regulatory Monitoring and Compliance Plans (RMCPs), which he has completed for a number of water agencies. He has also been working on a number of projects dealing with the development of distribution system monitoring plans and review of nitrification control strategies. Prior to joining WQTS, Dr. Askenaizer was the Water Quality Manager for the Glendale Water and Power. Under his leadership, the Water Quality Group conducted a demonstration-scale study of chlorite for nitrification control and a pilot-scale study of biological treatment for removal of nitrate. Dan has 30 years of experience working on projects dealing with regulatory, water quality and public health issues. Dan has given numerous presentations at workshops and round-tables across the country for water utilities. Dan was instrumental in developing and implementing a Mentoring Program for water staff and was involved in a Sustainable Development team.