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Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act of 2014 Headed for Senate Vote

capitolThe Federal Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act of 2014 (S.1961) is on its way to a full Senate vote, following the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee's mark up and approval of the legislation with a bipartisan vote in early April. The legislation was spurred by a chemical spill in January that occurred when a Freedom Industries tank leaked as much as 7,500 gallons of coal processing chemicals into the Elk River in West Virgina. The spill contaminated the drinking water supply of more than 300,000 people, forcing authorities to ban the use of tap water for about a week.

The following serves as a summary of the Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act of 2014:

• Establishes State programs under the Safe Drinking Water Act to oversee and inspect chemical facilities that present a threat to sources of drinking water.
• Directs States to use existing source water protection plans developed under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to identify facilities that present a risk to drinking water.
• Establishes minimum standards for construction, leak detection, spill and overfill requirements, emergency response, and communication plans.
• Outlines notification of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), State officials, and public water system officials about chemical storage at facilities that could pose a risk or threaten drinking water systems.
• Requires facilities identified in a drinking water protection plan to be inspected every three years, and all other facilities to be inspected every five years.
• Allows drinking water systems to act immediately in emergency situations to stop an immediate threat to those who receive the drinking water.
• Allows States to recoup costs incurred from responding to emergencies.

Click here to access a one page fact sheet about the Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act of 2014.

 

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