Drinking Water and Unregulated Contaminants: Analyses of EPA Measures


Cynthia Romero (Editor)

Series: Water Resource Planning, Development and Management
BISAC: POL044000

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has implemented all of the recommendations GAO made in its May 2011 report to improve the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR) program. EPA’s UCMR program collects data on unregulated contaminants in the nation’s drinking water. EPA uses this data and other information to make decisions on whether to regulate additional drinking water contaminants.

This book examines the extent to which EPA implemented GAO’s prior recommendations to improve the program and opportunities, if any, to strengthen it further; the factors EPA considered when it selected the UCMR3 contaminants and the limitations, if any, it faced in selecting them; and the extent to which UCMR data support regulatory determinations. It also discusses and summarizes the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and its major programs and regulatory requirements. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Drinking Water: EPA Has Improved Its Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Program, but Additional Action Is Needed (pp. 1-56)
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 2 – Safe Drinking Water Act: EPA Should Improve Implementation of Requirements on Whether to Regulate Additional Contaminants (pp. 57-152)
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 3 – Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA): A Summary of the Act and Its Major Requirements (pp. 153-172)
Mary Tiemann


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