EPA to Brief NDWAC on LCR Improvements Rule

November 4, 2022 Federal Register, EPA announced that it will update the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) on November 30, 2022 on the Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI) regulation. The meeting will be a virtual meeting and will be held from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm (ET).

The agenda and information on registering for the meeting will be posted on EPA’s website at the following address (no information is currently available): https://www.epa.gov/ndwac

The final Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) was published in January 2021 and was scheduled to go into effect in March 2021. The LCRR included a number of changes and modifications to the LCR. Before the LCRR went into effect, however, the new Biden Administration pulled the LCRR back for additional review and delayed the effective date until December 16, 2021.

On Dec. 16, 2021, EPA published a Federal Register notice regarding the LCRR. That notice indicated the LCRR will go into effect so as to not delay the requirement for public water systems to develop a service line material inventory that includes both the publicly owned and privately owned portions of the service line by October 16, 2024. In the December 21, 2021 Federal Register EPA also indicated that they intend to modify many of the key elements of the LCRR in a separate rulemaking (“The agency concluded that there are significant opportunities to improve the LCRR”). EPA referred to this future rule as the LCRI.