Pittsburgh, PA – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a virtual community roundtable in Pittsburgh on revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule. The revisions include changes in six major aspects of this complex regulation, some of which have been under discussion since EPA undertook this process more than a decade ago while others are informed by newer information about lead health effects and the occurrence of lead in drinking water across the country. Pittsburgh’s selection as one of ten sites across the country was thanks to a joint application submitted by Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE) and Clean Water Action.
"EPA should learn from Pittsburgh's experience with our lead crisis that we can get lead out of our drinking water systems. With broadly popular proposals like the $45 billion in the American Jobs Plan to help remove lead service lines, this is our chance to finally end this threat to safe drinking water. EPA needs to ensure that new rules make environmental justice a priority, so that communities of color and low income neighborhoods are not left out again from our efforts," stated Myron Arnowitt, Pennsylvania Director for Clean Water Action.
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