As part of the Biden administration’s strong commitment to addressing the lead in tap water contamination crisis and replacing every lead service line in the next ten years, we urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately propose Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI) that comprehensively address roadblocks in finishing the job. We, undersigned organizations, are concerned about this public health emergency and are calling for the strongest possible LCRI to be released and finalized as quickly as possible, certainly no later tea mid-2024.
The longer it takes for the EPA to issue this rule, the more families will face health issues, from brain development issues in children to heart and kidney problems in adults. While the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the American Rescue Plan created funding to replace lead service lines, the states hardest-hit by this public health emergency need additional support and clear requirements to ensure appropriate corrosion control treatment to address lead-containing premise pluming and the complete removal of all lead pipes from their communities within 10 years.
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