Last week, EPA released the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions White Paper, an 18-page document that provides examples of possible regulatory options to improve the existing Lead & Copper rule.
The rule is under review now as EPA works to develop the rule’s “long-term revisions,” also known as LCR-LTR. According to EPA’s LCR-LTR website, “the paper highlights key challenges, opportunities, and analytical issues presented by these options. Options include lead service line replacement, improving optimal corrosion control treatment requirements, consideration of a health-based benchmark, the potential role of point-of-use filters, clarifications or strengthening of tap sampling requirements, increased transparency, and public education requirements.”
The White Paper is not a regulatory document, and provides possible options for the future revised rule. The proposed rule is expected to be published in 2017, and all community and non-transient non-community public water supply systems will be affected.