Final EPA Lead Water Rule Retains Controversial Line Replacement Rate

December 22, 2020
EPA’s final update to its lead and copper drinking water rule largely retains controversial provisions from the earlier proposed version on how quickly lead service lines (LSLs) must be replaced while making minor changes from the draft rule’s sampling requirements, drawing an immediate legal threat from environmentalists. Administrator Andrew Wheeler in Dec. 22 remarks defended the agency’s decision to change the lead and copper rule’s (LCR) LSL replacement rate from 7 percent to 3 percent annually, saying the new rate...

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