June 6, 2001 -- Volume 2, No. 23
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California legislature throws its hefty hat into the arsenic ring, while the NDWAC arsenic working group gets off to a good start.  Fluoridation advocates blast naysayers' distortion of science.  A plethora of state and federal regulatory details emerge, including an ICR everyone can love...nothing is required!  The week's news is a witches' brew of uranium, MTBE, Legionella, chromium, with a little algae toxin thrown in.

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  • NDWAC's arsenic working group has a successful first meeting (pdf file)  A high-quality group of technical consultants will provide technical support for the group.  Future meeting dates are set.
  • Amendments to S.B. 463 by US Senator Perata (D-CA) (pdf file) would mandate that CDHS establish a drinking water standard for arsenic by July 1, 2003.
    Commentary: An unexpected legislative thrust (with a highly uncertain outcome) would set an early date for CDHS to take action on arsenic.  It also requires OEHHA, the health risk assessment agency in California, to develop health-effects language that water utilities would have to use to advise their customers starting in July, 2002, IF their arsenic levels exceeded THREE mg/liter.  Depending on what USEPA ends up doing with the arsenic rule and when they get the "really final" final regulation in effect, the state legislation could accelerate the schedule for adoption of a new state arsenic rule that CDHS would be otherwise required to follow under the primacy requirements of the SDWA.







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