Stakeholders get another month to comment on lead-free plumbing products

Rule intended to reduce lead in drinking water

Posted April 12, 2017

In response to a stakeholder request, EPA extended the comment period for the proposed rule, “Use of Lead Free Pipes, Fittings, Fixtures, Solder, and Flux for Drinking Water.” The agency postponed the comment deadline from April 17, 2017, to May 17, 2017.

The proposed rule, published on January 17, 2017, is intended to reduce lead in drinking water by banning the use and sale of certain plumbing products that are not lead free. The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act of 2011 revised the definition of “lead free” to lower the maximum amount of lead content allowed from 8 percent to a weighted average of .25 percent of the wetted surfaces of plumbing products. There are exceptions for plumbing products that are not used for drinking water and for fire hydrants.

EPA would also require plumbing products to be labeled to show which products meet the lead-free requirements and to require manufacturers to certify their compliance with the lead-free requirements. The agency says the labels will make drinking water safer by reducing the inadvertent use of products that contain lead in plumbing used for drinking water.

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