The EPA Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) is an update to the existing Lead and Copper Rule (LCR)
The Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) is a federal regulation that was established by the EPA in 1991 to safeguard the quality of municipal drinking water and reduce our exposure to lead and copper in public water systems.
The original LCR has faced criticism over the years for not being sufficiently protective of public health, particularly in light of the Flint, Michigan water crisis.
One of the key issues was that the rule’s action level for lead was too high, allowing public water systems to exceed lead levels considered safe before they legally had to take action. As a result, the extent of lead contamination was underestimated in some areas.
Yes, actually – despite its criticisms, a lot of good came out of the original Lead And Copper Rule.