Lead & Copper Rules

‚ÄčThe Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) - formerly known as the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) - went through the rulemaking process to revise the Lead and Copper Rule provisions of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act. The changes were effective on June 14, 2018. Although we support the replacement of lead service lines newly mandated by the revised Rules, a coalition of this office, the Great Lakes Water Authority, the City of Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, and the City of Livonia desire to fix the Rules in order to provide better health protection and cost-optimization.

Legal Path

WRC's Response to MDEQ's Motion to Dismiss Unfunded Mandate Claim
MDEQ's Motion to Dismiss Unfunded Mandate Claim
Judge's Order Denying Motion for Reconsideration
WRC's Motion for Reconsideration
Judge's Order Dismissing All Claims Except Unfunded Mandate Claim
Amicus Brief by MML, MTA, and GLS to Allow Headlee Unfunded Mandate Claim
Amicus Brief by Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Townships Association, and Governmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan
Response to Motion to Dismiss
MDEQ's Motion to Dismiss
Legal Complaint to Fix the LCRs
WRC's FOIA request to the MDEQ

Key Messages

Key Messages on Lead and Copper Rules
Media Statement on LCR Legal Action
December 11, 2018 Legal Update Letter to Communities
November 26, 2018 Legal Update Letter to Communities

Submit your Experiences

Submission Form to send us your experience and comments about the revised Lead and Copper Rules. 

Other LCR Resources

Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act
MDEQ Lead and Copper Rules

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