The State & Environmental Impact Center

Nine AGs Filed Comments Supporting EPA Review of Lead and Copper Rule Changes

April 12, 2021

New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of nine attorneys general in filing comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed delay of the Trump administration’s changes to the Lead and Copper Rule, which sets limits on concentrations of lead and other metals in drinking water and establishes pipe replacement requirements. The comments emphasized that lead exposure is “a public health issue of paramount importance,” and called for the EPA “to expeditiously remedy the deficiencies” in the Trump administration’s rule. The comments noted that lead exposure disproportionately harms lower-income people and communities of color.