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Fact Sheet: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Chemical Monitoring Reform

July 1997

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Summary: EPA is providing advance notice that it is planning to propose revising the drinking water monitoring requirements for sixty four chemical contaminants. These chemicals may occur in the source water of public drinking water systems, and are regulated on the basis of chronic health effects over a seventy year period. The purpose of the proposal would be to base the monitoring requirements for each water system on its risk of contamination, and to establish a uniform and simple sampling schedule for those systems without an apparent or significant risk of contamination.

EPA is also soliciting comments on draft Permanent Monitoring Relief (PMR) Guidelines under section 1418(b) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (the Act), as amended August 6, 1996. The Act requires EPA to issue guidelines, by August 6, 1997, for States to use in adopting monitoring relief under §§1418 and 1453.

EPA is also soliciting comments on certain other changes under consideration: the deadlines for decisions regarding ground water under the direct influence of surface water and associated filtration determinations; and reporting requirements for both public water systems and State regulatory agencies. These potential changes were raised by "stakeholders" in the drinking water community, through a number of public meetings convened to explore ways of reducing the burden created by the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations. Today's action requests comments on the "stakeholder" suggestions, which are described below under Suggestions for Regulatory Burden Reduction Other Than Chemical

Supporting documents for this proposed rulemaking are available for review at EPA's Water Docket; 401 M Street, SW. Washington, DC 20460. For access to the Docket materials, call (202) 260-3027 between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for an appointment, and reference "Docket #W-97-03".

For further information: contact the Safe Drinking Water Hotline, toll free (800) 426-4791 for general information about, and copies of, this document.

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