November 1, 2006 – Volume 7, No. 43
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This week's NEWS

A cautionary tale of falsifying research data and the consequences. As Freddie Fender sang: "Oh, a little bitty aera-tear lead me down"! California's proposed six-ppb perchlorate MCL is panned by critics. AWWA viewpoint: What does the federal regulatory agenda look like? A variety of answers to the question: Who gets to decide on fluoridation of drinking water? But it seems that all such decisions are transient in nature.


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Federal Updates

  • AWWA's summary of recent and prospective federal regulatory actions impacting drinking water
    Commentary: The excellent summary shows that while several significant actions were consummated or proposed in the last 18 months (second stages of DBP and ESWT rules, UCMR, CCL, etc.), the only major regulatory actions (not related to security issues) on the 2007 horizon are related to the distribution system and the TCR. This may not be the official EPA viewpoint, however.

State Updates

Legal Issues

  • Indiana scientist agrees to plead guilty to falsifying data (Burlington Free Press, October 19); the legal document specifying the charges (PDF file, 176 K) and the Plea Agreement (PDF file, 459 K)
    Publisher's Commentary: On October 25, David Battigelli pleaded guilty to two counts of submitting false data to the USEPA. His sentencing is scheduled for January 31, 2007. He could be incarcerated in a federal prison for as long as two years. Battigelli's plea agreement with the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont is the culmination of several years of investigation by the U.S. Attorney and other federal agencies. Quotes from the plea agreement tell the disturbing story: "David Battigelli agrees to plead guilty to an Information charging him with two counts of knowingly causing false testing data to be submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency..." and "The defendant represents that he intends to plead guilty because he is, in fact, guilty of the crimes charged."  Battigelli's fraudulent submission of data casts a dark cloud over us all. Tens of thousands of honest researchers and laboratory staff may be unfairly tarnished by the criminal action of this dishonest person. We all need to be vigilant and root out any instance of this kind of crime that we come across.  

Bad Public Information

Lead

  • USEPA issues guidance on "faucet aerator removal" during LCR compliance sampling (PDF file, 156 K); Durham, NC, will revise sampling procedures to reflect new guidance (Raleigh News and Observer, October 28)
    Commentary: Durham has done water utilities nationwide a service by getting EPA to issue clear (although slightly convoluted) guidance on whether faucet aerators should be removed when taking lead and copper samples. ("It is a good idea to tell customers to take their aerators off and clean them... but not just when you're taking lead samples!") It is a little strange that sampling for compliance with a major water quality rule can be done by thousands of utilities for 15 years before the sampling procedures are clarified. The idea of taking two samples (aerator on, aerator off) is good, but which are included in the compliance assessment?

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