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Week of May 31, 2011

1) EPA Releases Annual Beach Report

2) Notice of Public Meeting: Preliminary Regulatory Determinations for the Third Contaminant Candidate List (CCL3) 


1) EPA Releases Annual Beach Report

For the sixth consecutive year, in 2010, the nation's coastal and Great Lakes beaches were open 95 percent of the time during the beach swimming season. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the 2010 swimming season statistics in its annual beach report. The report summarizes state, territorial and tribal data on beach closures and health advisories from the previous year's swimming season.  As authorized by the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act of 2000, every year EPA provides grants to coastal and Great Lakes states, territories, and eligible tribes to help local authorities monitor their coastal and Great Lakes beaches and notify the public of beach conditions that may be unsafe for swimming.  The states use their EPA grant funds to gather and share beach water quality information with beachgoers to help them make more informed decisions about swimming at the beach.  To date, EPA has made available more than $100 million in BEACH Act grants to help protect beachgoers.

More information about the beach report and EPA's beach program:  www.epa.gov/beaches

 

2) Notice of Public Meeting: Preliminary Regulatory Determinations for the Third Contaminant Candidate List (CCL3)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a public stakeholder meeting on June 16, 2011, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern daylight time) in Washington, DC to discuss the Agency's Regulatory Determinations for the third Contaminant Candidate List or CCL3.  The Agency is currently in the preliminary process of making decisions about whether to regulate any of the unregulated contaminants on the third Contaminant Candidate List as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and obtain input on EPA's process for Regulatory Determination (3) along with the contaminants and the technical information that the Agency is considering.  The 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments require the EPA to determine every five years, whether to regulate at least five contaminants from the current CCL with a national primary drinking water regulation. On October 8, 2009, EPA published CCL 3 (74 FR 51850) containing 116 unregulated contaminants.  For detailed information about the drinking water Contaminant Candidate List and the Regulatory Determinations process, please visit: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/drinkingwater/dws/ccl/index.cfm

Individuals planning to attend the Stakeholder Meeting must register for the meeting by contacting Melissa Simic at (202) 564-7722 or by sending an email to simic.melissa@epa.gov no later than Wednesday, June 8, 2011.  There is no charge for attending the meeting but seats are limited, so register as soon as possible.  Participants will be notified of the specific meeting room upon confirmation of registration.  Please note that attendees will be required to pass through security checks at the front desk and obtain a visitor's badge.  Pre-registration for this meeting will help facilitate your check-in.

 


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