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2, No. 4 -- January 24, 2001
Arsenic rule fallout and followup continue to top the news as
communities assess fiscal impacts and uncertainties linger about the
Bush Administration's actions to delay the implementation of various
last-minute Clinton regulatory thrusts. The origin of chromium in one Southern California groundwater basin may
be pinned down as statewide impacts continue to be recognized.
Fluoridation controversies come in different shapes, colors and
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- The final arsenic rule
as printed in the Federal Register can be found on USEPA's website
along with fact sheets and other information.
- AWWA says arsenic standard
effective in five years (Waterweek, January 19) and issues a press
release on the new rule.
Commentary: It is noted that
the AWWA press release on the arsenic rule is supportive of the new
MCL. In its comments on the proposed rule, AWWA was very
critical of the procedures USEPA used and the lack of substantiation
by USEPA of costs, cost-benefit information and other issues.
Because of concern about the process and precedents, AWWA staff and
committee members will be carefully reviewing the over 6,500 pages of
arsenic-rule documents in the rulemaking docket.
Resource Defense Council welcomes progress in new arsenic rule
Commentary: NRDC indicates it
will continue to push for a 3 ppb MCL when EPA does its mandatory
six-year MCL review and expresses disappointment that EPA
"could not fight off regressive industry lobbyists who care
little about public health".
good layperson summary of the new arsenic standard is provided (MSNBC, January 18)
Mexico arsenic impact could reach $424 million (Albuquerque
Journal, January 18)
California water rates to increase with new arsenic rule
(Sacramento Bee, January 18)
predicts 21 new arsenic treatment systems needed (Oregonian,
Nevada childhood leukemia rate is 40 times greater than normal;
arsenic in drinking water is one of wide range of speculated causes (Salt Lake
Tribune, January 19)
- Health impact
of arsenic in Amazon River studied with discovery of contamination
from old mine operation (Miami
Herald, January 17)
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