Statement by Congressman Dan Kildee on EPA's Lead and Copper Rule Announcement


Date: March 11, 2021
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement today after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would delay implementation of the previous administration's revised Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), which was inadequate to protect public health:

"I thank President Biden and his administration for taking steps to better protect public health. There is no safe level of lead and environmental regulations should be based on science, not convenience. I have long advocated that the Lead and Copper Rule is outdated and needs to be updated. Unfortunately, the previous administration wanted to allow toxic lead pipes to remain in use for decades, even after high levels of lead were detected in water.

"The Flint water crisis should have taught policymakers at all levels of government that we must get serious about removing lead from our water systems. We need a Lead and Copper Rule that protects communities and removes every lead services line. I look forward to working with the president, Administrator Regan and the Biden-Harris administration to update the Lead and Copper Rule."