Bricker & Eckler LLP keeps track of upcoming administrative policies and regulations that affect drinking water systems. The following are some of the proposed issues we are tracking.
- The U.S. EPA has begun the process to develop a regulation for perchlorate. According to the U.S. EPA, perchlorate affects the normal development of the thyroid in developing fetuses and infants. The U.S. EPA will next evaluate the feasibility and affordability of treatment technologies to remove perchlorate from drinking water and examine the cost/benefit of possible standards.
- The U.S. EPA is planning to develop one regulation to address 16 separate volatile organic compounds that may cause cancer. These chemicals, including trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene, are typically found in industrial solvents and discharged from industrial operations. Addressing contaminants in groups instead of addressing individual contaminants is a part of the EPA’s new strategy for drinking water to provide public health protection quicker than in the past.