Media Advisory: Public Hearing Regarding Proposed State Lead and Copper Rule Reforms

Contact: Tiffany Brown, MDEQ Public Information Officer,, 517-284-6716

Who:    The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)

What:   is hosting a public hearing to receive public comment on proposed changes to the state Lead and Copper Rule (LCR).  The proposed rule set (2017-008 EQ) will amend the current rules to provide additional provisions that reduce exposure to lead in drinking water.  These include the removal of lead service lines from drinking water distribution systems and lowering the action level for lead, in addition to other protective provisions.

Written comments may also be submitted electronically at or be mailed to the Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Division, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (Attention: Suzann Ruch), P.O. Box 30817, Lansing, Michigan 48909.

The public comment period ends at 5 p.m. on March 21, 2018.  More information is available at

When:  Thursday, March 1, 2018
5 to 5:30 p.m.   Opportunity for public one-on-one Q&A and resource table displays (also available throughout the hearing in the atrium area)
5:30 to 6 p.m.   Overview of proposed LCR reforms
6 p.m.               Public comment period begins
8 p.m.               Public hearing concludes

Reporters should check in at the media registration table.

Where: Lansing Center
Ballrooms 5-8
333 E. Michigan Ave
Lansing, Michigan 48933

Please note:  The public hearing will be subsequently posted on the MDEQ website.  A summary of the existing and proposed LCR rules are attached.

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Related Documents
DEQ Lead and Copper Rules Summary Handout PDF icon