Today, the U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), filed a motion asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to halt the challenge to Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) in light of EPA’s prior announcement that it is reconsidering aspects of the LCRR. AWWA supported this request, which avoids needless litigation while EPA takes the steps it previously announced in December 2021 to review and potentially revise the LCRR by initiating a new rulemaking. In this case, Newburgh Clean Water Project v. EPA, Newburgh Clean Water Project (NCWP) and other groups, as well as a group of state attorneys general filed petitions asserting that the LCRR was flawed because EPA had not considered setting a maximum contaminant level at the tap, had not complied with the Safe Drinking Water Act’s anti-backsliding provisions by setting a lower mandatory lead service line removal rate, and that the action level should have been lowered. Facts that water systems need to know about this latest development: EPA’s request could bring this legal challenge to the LCRR to an end, meaning there would be no Court decision or further legal fights about the LCRR. If the Court agrees to EPA’s request, it would not change EPA’s stated plan to review and potentially revise the LCRR (See Dec. 17, 2021, Federal Register notice ). EPA’s request does not alter LCRR compliance requirements or timelines. EPA’s request indicates that EPA plans to issue a new proposed rule by September 2023. EPA’s request indicates that EPA plans to issue a final rule by Oct. 16, 2024. AWWA intervened in this case in support of EPA and the LCRR. AWWA supports today’s request from EPA, which will allow future decisions regarding the regulation of lead and copper to be governed by the normal regulatory process and include public review. AWWA’s press statement is available here . AWWA anticipates media attention to this decision, in part because the motion submitted by the Biden Administration will remand a rule promulgated by the prior Trump Administration. Systems should be prepared to speak to community leaders and the public about: Efforts underway to comply with the LCRR (e.g., prepare lead service line inventories, update protocols and communication materials related to lead, prepare schools for required monitoring, and analysis of potential implications of LCRR on corrosion control practice). Aspects of the LCRR that the EPA review currently focuses on and how they could affect the system’s compliance strategy. These include: Replacement of all lead service lines in all systems over some period of time Inclusion of more specific consideration of equity in lead service line replacement Eliminating the trigger level in favor of an action level at 10 µg/L or lower Adding collection and use of the higher of two values from 1st and 5th liter samples from LCRR compliance monitoring sample protocol Requiring additional protective measures like provision of pitcher filters after a lead exceedance As a reminder, AWWA has resources available to help utilities communicate with media about lead in drinking water: Lead Communications Guide and Toolkit Lead Resource page , which includes a printable brochure on lead Lead whiteboard animation DrinkTap’s Lead in Water page Questions can be directed to Steve Via , federal relations director.