Topic 3: Use the authority of multiple statutes to help protect drinking water.
We want to take common sense steps that make the most of EPA’s broad-reaching programs and use all appropriate authorities to protect drinking water. Rather than having these programs working independently, we want to bring them together where they overlap. For example FIFRA – the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act – can use pesticide registration to assess drinking water risks, generate missing data and develop analytical methods for drinking water regulations. Under TSCA – the Toxic Substances Control Act – we can use EPA’s chemical action plans to identify and address drinking water issues that may be posed by widely used chemicals. This means that we can take steps to stop contaminants before they get into drinking water – a safer and cheaper alternative to getting them out of drinking water.
- EPA is focusing on regulated contaminants and those that are on the Candidate Contaminant List 3. Are there other contaminants you believe EPA should focus on?
- EPA has the ability to limit or restrict the use of chemicals, if warranted. What kind of requirements or criteria should EPA consider for chemical contaminants using authorities other than SDWA?
- How often and who should be conducting monitoring to determine occurrence? Should it be states, public water systems, or pesticide manufacturers?
- What other opportunities do you suggest for EPA to use authorities to protect drinking water?
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