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.