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Is the Topic of Lead Weighing You Down?

Background, key issues and considerations for the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions

Exposure to lead is known to present serious health risks to the brain and nervous system of children.The recent crisis in Flint, Michigan, has brought increased attention to the challenge of lead in drinking water systems across the country. There is a compelling need to modernize and strengthen implementation of the rule, to strengthen its public health protections and to clarify its implementation requirements to make it more effective and more readily enforceable.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lead and Copper Rule Revisions White Paper provides examples of regulatory options to improve the existing rule. 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

Click here to read the EPA Lead and Copper Rule Revisions White Paper.

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