LCR Revisions Discussed in Federalism Consultation
EPA held a federalism consultation January 8, inviting AMWA and 17 other groups to discuss the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) revisions. Executive Order 13132 requires the federal government to consult with state and local officials, or the national organizations that represent them, when developing regulations and/or policy that would impose significant compliance costs on either local or state governments.
The consultation included a presentation outlining key challenges and questions for the invitees to consider and discuss. Topics included lead service line replacement, corrosion control treatments, public education, tap sampling and copper. The agency did not, however, give any guarantees on a timeline for a proposal on LCR revisions.
Among other invitees to the consultation were representatives of state and local elected officials, regulators and water utilities including the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, Environmental Council of the States, Association of State Drinking Water Administrators and the American Water Works Association. The groups now have 60 days to provide formal comments.
AMWA will hold a Regulatory Committee call on February 13 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET to discuss its response. All members are welcome. If you would like to participate in the call, contact Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Manager Stephanie Hayes Schlea.