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The OEC’s comments on the US EPA Lead and Copper Rule

In November, 2023, 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

The OEC commends the EPA and Biden-Harris administration for making lead service line removal a priority. However, there are a few environmental justice concerns that we would like to see addressed in the rule.

To read our commentary on the proposed rule and the improvements we urge the US EPA to consider, please read the testimony provided by Annalisa Rocca, Drinking Water Manager.