| August 29, 2001 -- Volume 2, No. 35
This week's NEWS
You know you're in trouble if........the coroner is recommending better trained water officials! State primacy agencies update regulations to meet national regulatory requirements.....and more. Precautionary boil water decisions are difficult but seem to be more common. The analysis of the cost to meet a new arsenic MCL is deemed "credible" but the cost itself may still be "incredible!" Future EPA regulatory cost-estimates may be even less.......incredible. Bad-mouthing public water system safety gets POU sellers in hot water. Walkerton inquiry winds down, but 1991 Camelford inquiry winds...............up?
Advisories - Precautionary
- NDWAC has approved its Arsenic
Cost Workgroup's final report, with several
changes and forwarded
it to the EPA Administrator for consideration in
the arsenic rule-making
concludes that Clinton EPA did a
"credible" arsenic cost analysis; value of
the review is cited
(LA Times, August 24)
The full NDWAC endorsed its workgroup's report while
adding only one significant recommendation:
EPA should discuss the uncertainties of the costs of
disposing of arsenic treatment residuals in states
that have more stringent definitions of hazardous
waste. A possible clue to the burning question of
whether NDWAC thinks EPA should re-do the national
cost estimate was found in the cover letter:
"....NDWAC agreed that if the recommendations
in this report are implemented, the estimate will be
improved for the purposes of rulemaking." The
report will, in one expert's words, "change
forever the EPA approach to estimating regulatory
report on benefits of arsenic rule expected
(Water Tech Online, August 27)
The full text of the draft
report is available
(pdf file, 59 pages)
California arsenic legislation (SB 463,
Perata, D-Alameda) amended before Aug. 29
appropriations committee hearing
In response to concerns raised that California
utilities could be forced to comply with a new
arsenic MCL on a significantly accelerated schedule,
language has been added that this legislation would
NOT change the implementation dates "to
be" set in the forthcoming EPA arsenic
regulation (which presumably will be January, 2006).
However, the bill still contains the questionable
requirement that California utilities' CCRs must
include health-effects language for any arsenic
level above the yet-to-be-developed Public Health
Goal (e.g., ANY arsenic detection) starting with the
2002 calendar year CCR.
supports California setting its own arsenic standard
(San Francisco Chronicle,
Dems' "Arsenic hollering" will continue
for next 3 years!
(Seattle Times, August 22)
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