| August 8, 2001 -- Volume 2, No. 32
This week's NEWS
Who said it? "Reviewing the arsenic MCL may be good policy, but bad politics." USEPA review continues on announced schedule while Congress is in recess. Some big small-water-systems may get some federal fiscal help. Those April showers may bring May flowers..............and more! Water is really boiling in Newfoundland. RDX keeps popping up. Near-zero risk drinking water would be a very expensive proposition......and not just in LA.
Whitman: Revisiting arsenic rule was a strategic mistake (USA
Today, August 6)
As one newsletter's headline suggested, the EPA Administrator may be "At Whit's End" with the arsenic issue. Her candor on the Bush administration decision to withdraw, delay and reconsider the Clinton EPA's arsenic rule is interesting. Those of us familiar with the customs of the Roman Legions call this 'falling on your sword.' It appears to some that she is trying to deflect the criticism away from the Bush White House and take it on herself.
says EPA will continue on review track despite
congressional actions (WaterTech
Online, August 3)
NAS should recommend
a range of arsenic MCL options
(Dallas Morning News, August
will teleconference on August 22 and 30 to discuss their
Arsenic Cost Workgroup's recommendations (Federal
Register, August 2)
Public comment is solicited, sort of, both in
writing and, in very limited fashion, at the
meetings. The Workgroup will have a final (?)
conference call on August 9 to put finishing touches
on their report, which the FR notice says,
"will have been completed" by, presumably,
the first of the two meetings. However, there is no
indication when that report will be available to the
public for review.
Domenici (R-NM) introduces grant-funding bill to
help "small" utilities meet regulation
1299, the Community Drinking Water Assistance Act (Congressional
Record, August 1)
Responding to concerns raised that a lower arsenic
MCL will have major impact on small communities, the
savvy Senator from New Mexico creates a whole new
definition of a "small public water system"
as one that serves "not more than 200,000
persons" (yes, that is two hundred
thousand!) -- AND the City of Albuquerque! Eligibility
is limited to "disadvantaged"
communities," which includes those that
would be made disadvantaged by the cost of the rule.
House refuses to send arsenic documents to Congress
(Washington Post, August 3)
Public Health Goal
Angeles Department of Water and Power has posted their
2001 PHG report (pdf
file, 38 pages)
LADWP provides a well-developed example of these
uniquely California- required reports for public
systems serving more than 10,000 service connections. The
report goes beyond the minimum requirements and
addresses some contaminants detected which do not
have either an MCLG or a PHG. While not fully
discussing "relative risks," which may be
discussed in a future white paper, the report makes
Canadian Water Issues
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