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USEPA to Launch Contaminant Monitoring Program Next Year

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has published the third Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR3).  As finalized, UCMR3 identifies 28 chemicals and two viruses that select public water systems will monitor from 2013 through 2015.  The monitoring program will involve approximately 6,000 public water systems throughout the country. 

The activity is part of the USEPA's unregulated contaminant monitoring program, which collects data for contaminants suspected to be present in drinking water. The contaminants that will be monitored do not currently have health-based standards set under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

The USEPA has standards for 91 contaminants in drinking water, and the Safe Drinking Water Act requires the USEPA to identify up to 30 additional unregulated contaminants for monitoring every five years.  The list of contaminants to be monitored under the provisions of UCMR3 includes hexavalent chromium (also known as chromium-6), 1,4-dioxane, and enteroviruses.

The USEPA will spend more than $20 million to support the monitoring, the majority of which will be devoted to assist small drinking water systems with the process. The data collected under the UCMR3 will track the frequency and levels at which these contaminants are found in drinking water systems across the United States and help determine whether additional protections are needed to ensure safe drinking water for Americans.

For more information, visit the USEPA website by clicking here.

 

 

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