The Biden administration has released a plan to develop new regulations for lead and copper pipes, according to The Hill.
New resources: In addition to writing new rules governing lead pipes, the Biden administration aims to distribute about $3 billion to build lead service line replacements using funds from the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure law. Its efforts will be supported by the EPA and Labor Department, which will create regional hubs to expedite lead removal. The Housing and Urban Development Department will also allocate grants to remove lead paint and other health hazards in low-income communities.
Continuing rules: In the meantime, the White House will continue to enforce the revamped federal lead-in-water rule developed by the previous administration, which had been in the works since 2010. The updated rules are intended to help water systems identify and act on elevated lead levels.