[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 244 (Thursday, December 19, 2019)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 69695]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-27282]



40 CFR Parts 141 and 142

[EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0300; FRL-10003-26-OW]
RIN 2040-AF15

National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Lead and Copper Rule 

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.


SUMMARY: On November 13, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
(EPA) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule pertaining to 
the National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) for lead and 
copper under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and 
requested comments by January 13, 2020. In response to stakeholder 
requests, the EPA is extending the comment period an additional 30 days 
to February 12, 2020.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 12, 2020.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-
OW-2017-0300 by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov/ (our 
preferred method). Follow the online instructions for submitting 
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the Docket ID 
No. for this rulemaking. Comments received may be posted without change 
to https://www.regulations.gov/, including any personal information 
provided. For detailed instructions on sending comments and additional 
information on the rulemaking process, see the ``Public Participation'' 
heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information please 
contact Erik Helm at the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of 
Ground Water and Drinking Water (Mail Code 4607M), 1200 Pennsylvania 
Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone: 202-566-1049; or email: 
[email protected].


I. Public Participation

Written Comments

    Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2017-
0300 at https://www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), or the 
other methods identified in the ADDRESSES section. Once submitted, 
comments cannot be edited or removed from the docket. The EPA may 
publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit 
electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business 
Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted 
by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be 
accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the 
official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish 
to make. The EPA will generally not consider comments or comment 
contents located outside of the primary submission (i.e., on the web, 
cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission 
methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or 
multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective 
comments, please visit https://www.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets.

II. General Information

    On November 13, 2019, the EPA published in the Federal Register (84 
FR 61684) a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the National 
Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Proposed Lead and Copper Rule 
Revisions. The (NPRM) revisions and request for public comment, as 
initially published in the Federal Register, provided for written 
comments to be submitted to the EPA on or before January 13, 2020 (a 
60-day public comment period). Since publication, the EPA has received 
requests for additional time to submit comments. Many of the requests 
cite the need for additional time to consider the regulatory changes 
that have been proposed and to evaluate the substantial supporting 
materials in the docket. The EPA has considered these requests and is 
extending the public comment period for an additional 30 days until 
February 12, 2020. The EPA will consider public comments in the 
development of final regulatory revisions to the National Primary 
Drinking Water Regulations for Lead and Copper. The proposal and 
supporting documents are available at https://www.regulations.gov 
(Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0300).

    Dated: December 13, 2019.
David P. Ross,
Assistant Administrator, Office of Water.
[FR Doc. 2019-27282 Filed 12-18-19; 8:45 am]