EPA & Revised LCR Effective Date

On March 10. 2021 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent two Federal Register notices regarding the effective date and the compliance date for Revised Lead and Copper Rule to the government printing office.  The pre-publication copies of both notices are her (lcrr_delay_nprm_final lcrr_final_rule_extension_of_effective_date_final ).

EPA’s Press Release includes the following statements

“The first action is a final rule that announces an extension of the effective date for the revised LCR from March 16, 2021 until June 17, 2021. The purpose of this additional time is to enable EPA to take public comment on a second action that would provide a longer extension of the effective date and for EPA to undertake its review of the rule in a deliberate and thorough manner consistent with the public health purposes of the Safe Drinking Water Act, President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis, the President’s Chief of Staff’s Regulatory Freeze Pending Review Memorandum, and in consultation with affected stakeholders.”

“The second action proposes to extend the effective date until December 16, 2021 and also proposes a corresponding extension of the revised LCR’s compliance deadline to September 16, 2024. This action would ensure that drinking water systems and primacy states continue to have the full three years provided by the Safe Drinking Water Act to take actions needed to assure regulatory compliance. EPA is seeking comment on this proposal for 30 days after it publishes in the Federal Register.”

EPA Press Release