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Apr 07

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces Public Listening Activities

Posted on April 7, 2021 at 4:14 PM by Legislative Staff

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced listening sessions and roundtables to obtain input on the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR). The comment period ends on June 17, 2021. The impact of lead exposure, including through drinking water, is a public health issue of paramount importance. The goal of public engagement is to obtain further input on EPA's LCRR, including from individuals and communities that are most at-risk of exposure to lead in drinking water.

Virtual public listening sessions will be held on April 28, 2021, and May 5, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., eastern daylight time. Those interested in speaking must be pre-registered and can sign up for a 3-minute speaking slot.

Members of the public that are unable to attend any of the events will be able to submit comments and reference Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OW-2021-0255 until June 30, 2021.

EPA will host community-focused virtual roundtables in May, 2021 to facilitate discussion on unique perspectives on LCCR-related topics with local community groups, utilities and local government entities and elected officials.

Starting in June of 2021, EPA will also host virtual roundtables with stakeholder groups. These stakeholder roundtables will allow representatives to discuss LCRR-related topics and provide their national perspective to the Agency. EPA also intends to host a national co-regulator meeting with primacy agencies with states in July 2021 to discuss the feedback received from communities and stakeholders.

EPA requests that communities or organizations that would like to be considered for a community-focused or stakeholder roundtable submit a nomination letter to Agency at by April 23, 2021.

Contact: Paul Penna, Legislative Analyst, or 609-695-3481 ext. 110