lead and copper rule

August 31, 2016

EPA Inspector General Launches Investigation Into EPA Oversight of State Drinking Water

This week EPA’s Inspector General’s Office sent a letter to Joel Beauvais, head of EPA’s office of water, and Cynthia Giles, EPA’s enforcement office, advising the Agency’s leadership of its plan to begin evaluating the effectiveness of EPA’s oversight of state drinking water quality programs, particularly the reporting of drinking water sampling.  The OIG letter, which can […]
August 11, 2016

EPA Stepping Up Enforcement Actions Against Public Water Systems

In a sign of changing times, the U.S. EPA this week issued an order against Tarrytown, New York, for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act’s Lead and Copper Rule.  Below is EPA’s press release issued today.  Until the water crisis occurred in Flint, Michigan, these types of enforcement actions have historically been handled at […]
July 2, 2016

Lack of Enforcement and Gaming the System – Public Water Systems in the Spotlight

5,300 U.S. water systems are in violation of lead rules By Sara Ganim, CNN Updated 6:50 AM ET, Wed June 29, 2016 More than 5,000 water systems in violation of rules  Story highlights 18 million Americans could be affected The EPA took action in just 88 cases Many utilities “game the system” with their testing methods […]
February 2, 2016

National Drinking Water Advisory Committee makes recommendations to EPA on Revisions to Lead & Copper Rule

In light of the human health crisis in Flint Michigan, the NDWAC’s recommendations to EPA’s leadership on the lead and copper rule is none too timely. NDWAC – Recommendations to the Administrator Dec. 15, 2015.   As public health specialists have concluded, lead in any amount is harmful to humans.   There is no silver […]
January 30, 2016

AWWA and Earth & Water quoted in BNA Bloomberg, Citing EPA Response in Flint Michigan

EPA Too Slow in Flint Crisis Response, Lawyers Say BNA Snapshot EPA’s Role in Flint, Mich., Water Crisis Takeaway: The EPA should have acted more quickly and aggressively in responding to lead contamination in Flint’s drinking water, several environmental lawyers said. Next Step: Ongoing investigations should determine whether there are legal and practical reasons for the EPA’s […]