EPA LCRR Roundtables

Next Three LCRR Roundtables Scheduled

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted the dates and times for the next three Community Roundtables on the Revised Lead and Copper Rule (LCRR).  They are as follows:

Benton Harbor & Highland Park, MI, June 22, 2021, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm (EDT)
Newburgh, NY, June 23, 2021, 5:00 to 7:00 pm (EDT)
Washington, D.C., June 25, 2021, 12:00 to 2:00 pm (EDT)

Link to view the Roundtables Live


(Recordings of the previous three LCRR Community Roundtables are posted at this location)

Background.  On March 31, 2021, EPA announced that it will hold “listening sessions” and “roundtables” to “obtain further input on EPA’s revision to the Lead and Copper Rule…particularly from individuals and communities that are most at-risk of exposure to lead in drinking water.”  EPA held two “listening” sessions, one on April 28, 2021 and one on May 5, 2021.

In late May 2021, EPA announced the location of the ten communities selected to host LCR “roundtable” discussions.  The ten locations are: Pittsburgh; Newark, N.J.; Washington, D.C.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Chicago, Ill.; Benton Harbor and Highland Park, Mich. (combined); Flint and Detroit, Mich. (combined); Malden, Mass.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Newburgh, N.Y.

To date, the EPA has held the following three LCRR Roundtables:

Pittsburgh, PA (June 3rd)

Newark, NJ (June 4th)

Malden, MA (June 14th)

Separate from the community roundtables, EPA plans to host national stakeholder roundtables with drinking water utilities, intergovernmental associations, environmental organizations, environmental justice organizations, public health organizations, and consumer associations.  EPA will also hold a national co-regulator meeting to discuss the feedback received from communities and stakeholders.  Specific schedules have not yet been announced.

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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.