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Lead and Copper Rule Revisions Virtual Engagements

EPA will be hosting virtual engagements beginning in April 2021. The goal of the events is to obtain further public input on EPA’s revision to the Lead and Copper rule (LCRR), particularly from individuals and communities that are most at-risk of exposure to lead in drinking water. 

Public Listening Sessions

Public listening sessions will be held on April 28, 2021 and May 5, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., eastern daylight time. Should additional dates and times be required, EPA will provide updates on this website. If you are unable to attend any of the events, you will be able to submit comments at http://www.regulations.gov: enter Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2021-0255 until June 30, 2021. 

Those interested in speaking can sign up for a 3-minute time slot on by submitting a registration form. EPA will send an email to each speaker to confirm their speaking time and date. EPA intends to make each session available for viewing to those who are not participating but are interested in listening. EPA will be posting additional event details on this website as they become available.

Update as of April 14, 2021:  All individuals who submitted a registration from on or before April 13, 2021 should have received a confirmation email from EPA with their assigned session and time. If you have not received a confirmation email, please contact LCRR@epa.gov. EPA will continue to process incoming registration forms (i.e., those submitted on or after April 14, 2021) on a rolling basis.

 

Community Roundtables

Starting in May 2021,  EPA intends to host community virtual roundtables during which local organizations can participate in a discussion of LCRR related topics and provide their unique perspective to EPA. These roundtables will focus on communities that are disproportionately impacted by the challenges of lead in drinking water. EPA requests that communities that would like to be considered for a roundtable submit their nomination letter to EPA via email to LCRR@epa.gov not later than April 23, 2021. Nomination letters should include the following information:

  • Name of location,
  • Primary point of contact and contact information,
  • A description of how your community has been underserved or experienced disproportionate impacts from drinking water lead exposure, and
  • A list of no more than 25 recommended community participants and/or local organizations.  

EPA recommends that the list of participants/organizations that are submitted be representative of all interests in their community including, but not limited to, local government entities, public water utilities, community-organized groups, environmental groups and elected officials. EPA intends to make each roundtable available for viewing to those who are not participating but are interested in listening. EPA will be posting meeting materials and additional event details on this website as they become available.

Stakeholder Rountables

Starting June 2021, EPA intends to host stakeholder roundtables where representatives of national organizations (e.g., environmental, industry, consumer, intergovernmental) can participate in a discussion of LCRR related topics and provide their perspective to the Agency. EPA requests that organizations that would like to participate in a roundtable submit their nomination letter to EPA via email to LCRR@epa.gov not later than April 23, 2021. Nomination letters should include the following information:

  • Name of organization,
  • Primary point of contact and contact information, and
  • Why your organization should be considered as a participant.

EPA intends to make each roundtable available for viewing to those who are not participating but are interested in listening. EPA will be posting meeting materials and additional event details on this website as they become available.

National Co-Regulator Meeting

EPA intends to host a national co-regulator meeting in July 2021 to discuss the feedback received from communities. EPA will be reaching out directly to primacy agencies (e.g., states, tribes, territories) with a specific date, time, and details of this meeting in the coming months. EPA will be posting meeting materials and additional event details on this website as they become available.

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