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EPA proposes 30 currently unregulated contaminants for monitoring

March 04, 2011
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed 30 currently unregulated contaminants for monitoring in water systems, according to a press release.

The Safe Drinking Water Act requires that EPA identify up to 30 unregulated contaminants for monitoring every five years.

This current proposal is the third Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Regulation (UCMR 3) and includes requirements to monitor for two viruses and 28 chemical contaminants that could be present in drinking water and do not currently have health-based standards, the release stated.

EPA is requesting public comment on the proposed list of 30 contaminants until May 2, 2011.

“Ensuring clean and safe drinking water for all Americans is a top priority for EPA,” said Nancy Stoner, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water. “In keeping with the Safe Drinking Water Act, we are submitting for public comment and input our proposed next round of currently unregulated contaminants for monitoring. Learning more about the prevalence of these contaminants will allow EPA to better protect people’s health.”

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