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September 2007 Status of Activities under the March 2005 Drinking Water Lead Reduction Plan

EPA held four expert workshops during 2004.  As part of the plan, the Agency committed to hold one additional expert workshop in mid-2005.

# Workshop Purpose of Workshop Status
1 Workshop on lead content of plumbing fittings and fixtures To help identify actions that can be taken to reduce the amount of lead that comes into contact with drinking water. A workshop was held in DC on July 26-27, 2005.  A summary is posted on the EPA website. Four workshops on elements of the rule had been held prior to this final workshop. Summaries of these workshops are also available on the EPA website.

The Agency committed to update and expand two guidance documents that were initially developed during the 1990's.  The Agency's goal was to complete revisions to the guidance documents by the end of 2005 or early 2006.

# Guidance Document Purpose of Guidance Status
1 Update 1994 guidance on Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Non-Residential Buildings The revised document will focus on schools and child care facilities and will incorporate needs identified by stakeholders during a December 2004 national meeting. A revised guidance was released in January 2006.  The guidance is posted on a newly developed Web site focused on schools.  The January 2006 release also included the 3T's Toolkit (Training, Testing, Telling) to help schools develop and carry out voluntary programs to test for lead in school drinking water.  The Agency has also developed a video that will train schools on how to conduct monitoring.
2 Update 1999 guidance on Simultaneous Compliance The document, which is currently being revised to support the Stage 2 Disinfection Byproducts Rule, will be enhanced to discuss in greater depth potential effects of treatment changes on maintaining corrosion control in a distribution system. The Stage 2 rule was published on January 4, 2006.  The guidance was released in May 2007: Simultaneous Compliance Guidance Manual for Stage 2 Rules.

As part of the plan, the Agency committed to seek nine targeted revisions to the regulation.  The Agency committed to initiate the process to develop a proposal via a regulatory workgroup soon after release of the plan, with a goal of releasing a proposal in late 2005 or early 2006.

EPA published a proposal to revise the regulations in July 2006. A final rule was signed in September 2007, see the rule page for more information.

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