Encouraging more utilities to meet drinking water standards and reducing childhood exposure to lead are two new enforcement priorities the EPA will tackle in its National Compliance Initiatives for the coming years.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Feb. 4 that it’s seeking comment on the two initiatives focused on drinking water and lead and others aimed at reducing hazardous air pollution in fiscal years 2020 through 2023. The proposed initiatives seek to target the agency’s enforcement resources on the most serious environmental violations, the agency said.

Each year thousands of community water systems violate one or more drinking water...