EPA Releases Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Improvements by ACWA Staff Dec 4, 2023 Water News WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released the proposed Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI). The LCRI is intended to build on the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) finalized in 2021. The proposal has several key components, including: achieving 100% lead service line replacement within 10 years locating legacy lead service lines updates to tap sampling procedures lowering the lead action level from 15 parts per billion (ppb) to 10 ppb updates to public notification requirements The EPA plans to host an informational webinar and a public hearing to receive public comment on the proposed LCRI. The informational webinar will be held Wednesday. Registration is available online. The virtual public hearing will be held Jan. 16, 2024. Registration is available online. Support materials, including a rule summary, fact sheet, FAQs and technical support materials, are available on the EPA’s website. Once the proposal is published in the Federal Register, there will be a 60-day comment period. The EPA aims to finalize the LCRI prior to the LCRR compliance deadline of Oct. 16, 2024.