Coalition Develops Revised Drinking Water Bill

By VanDe Hie, Diane; Kocheisen, Carol | Nation's Cities Weekly, January 23, 1995 | Go to article overview

Coalition Develops Revised Drinking Water Bill


VanDe Hie, Diane, Kocheisen, Carol, Nation's Cities Weekly


The coalition representing all non-federal elected officials and public and private drinking water suppliers has developed a revised proposal to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act. While the measure has been circulated to both the House and Senate committees of jurisdiction (House Commerce Committee [Tom Bliley, R-Va., Chrmn.] and Senate Environment and Public Works [John Chafee, R-RI, Chrmn.), the bill has not yet been introduced in either body.

Working from the bills that were introduced in and that passed the House and Senate last year, the coalition deleted provisions that involved new unfunded mandates, such as operator training and certification and viability (of drinking water systems) programs and modified some of the remaining provisions on standard setting, contaminant selection, and the proposed new state revolving loan fund.

Identification of Contaminants for Future Regulation

As did the proposals last year, the new bill would revise the process by which EPA selects new contaminants for regulation. Rather than the current law requirement that EPA regulate 25 new contaminants every three years (regardless of whether they are ever found in drinking water supplies at levels of public health concern), the coalition proposal would require EPA to select seven contaminants every five years to investigate whether regulation is required or not. After the first five years, EPA could select fewer than seven contaminants for review after notifying Congress that they believe a lesser number of contaminants is appropriate.

In order to regulate any of the contaminants on the list of seven, EPA would be required to demonstrate that: appropriate peer-reviewed scientific information was considered, adequate data are available to develop the regulation, the contaminant is known to occur in drinking water at levels of public health concern, and the regulation presents a "meaningful opportunity for public health risk reduction."

Standard Setting Process

Under current law, EPA is required to set a maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) "at a level at which no known or anticipated adverse effects on the health of persons occur and which allows an adequate margin of safety" for each contaminant to be regulated. The actual standard for contaminants are "maximum contaminant levels" (MCLs). MCLs must be set as close to the goal (MCLG) as is feasible. While EPA takes costs into account in setting standards, they are not specifically authorized to balance costs against risk reduction benefits. …

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