Emily Bacha, Vice President of Public Affairs, November 30, 2023
For Immediate Release:
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Washington, D.C.— Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced exciting improvements to the federal Lead and Copper Rule which builds upon the comprehensive approach to eliminate lead exposure in adults and children. The revised Lead and Copper Rule will require that agencies work with water utilities to reach 100% full replacement of lead services lines within ten years. This rule revision will be supported by $15 billion of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding, with 49% of the funding earmarked for disadvantaged communities.
Lead pipes are the number one cause of lead exposure in drinking water systems, and research shows that lead can lead to slowed development and brain damage in children as well as cardiovascular disease in adults. This rule will require that lead service line replacements include both the public and privately-owned portion of the line.
The following quote can be attributed, in whole or in part, to Melanie Houston, Managing Director of Water Policy for the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC):
“We applaud the Biden-Harris Administration for taking aggressive action towards getting lead out of our drinking water delivery systems. Ohio is one of the leading states when it comes to the number of lead service lines. This update to the Lead and Copper Rule will speed up the timeline for water systems to replace lead services, while immediately improving the safety of Ohioans drinking water by improving water sampling.”
Key provisions to the Lead and Copper Rule update:
The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) is the state’s most comprehensive and effective environmental advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Ohio. The OEC develops and ensures the implementation of forward-thinking, science-based, pragmatic solutions to secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home.