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A Look Ahead at 2013 Regulatory Changes


Several Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) regulations are scheduled for changes or evaluations in 2013.

Contaminant Candidate List, Perchlorate & Volatile Organic Compounds

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is expected to release an updated Contaminant Candidate List (CCL4) proposal before the end of 2013. The CCL4 is slated to be published in October 2014.

The USEPA also plans to release its proposal for regulating Perchlorate this year.

In the fall, the USEPA is scheduled to propose the carcinogenic Volatile Organic Compound (cVOC) Rule. The cVOC Rule should be finalized in 2015.  Click here for more information about VOCs.

Revised Total Coliform Rule

The Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) is expected to be published in the Federal Register very soon, and the effective date for system compliance with the RTCR is April 1, 2016. The RTCR impacts all water systems, and represents a major shift in the regulatory framework from public notification to a “find and fix” approach that is based on total coliform triggers.

Long-Term Lead and Copper Rule

In the fall, the USEPA is scheduled to propose the Long-Term Lead and Copper Rule (LT-LCR) revisions. These revisions are anticipated to address a wide range of sampling and compliance issues that could impact a large number of utilities. The changes could affect at-the-tap sampling, how sampling sites are selected, sampling protocol, and optimized corrosion control provisions. 

A related article in this issue of The Update covers the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which goes into effect in January 2014.





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