PA201: Intro to Legal Research
Unit 7: EPA Regulations
Dear Mike Jones,
A health concern involving the quality of drinking water in our community has been brought to our attention. The Safe Drinking Water Act (42 USC § 300f), was passed by Congress in 1974 to protect public health by regulating the nation’s drinking water supply. In 1986 and 1996 the law was amended and required many actions to protect drinking water and the sources of drinking water such as rivers, lakes and ground water wells. The Safe Drinking Water Act authorizes the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) to set national standards for drinking water to protect people against both natural and man-made contaminants that can be found in drinking water. Because of the Safe Drinking Water Act, America's drinking water is safer than ever before. The Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 (PL 104-182) established a new charter for the nation's public water systems and the Environmental Protection Agency in protecting the safety of drinking water. The amendments include: new prevention approaches, improved consumer information, changes to improve the regulatory program, and funding for states and local water systems. According to the Laws and Regulations, some of the things EPA has done in response to the Amendments are: -Consumer Confidence Report Rule - Requires public water suppliers that serve the same people year round to provide consumer confidence reports to their customers. These reports are also known as annual water quality reports or drinking water quality reports. -Information Collection Rule - Data were collected as part of a national research project to support development of national drinking water standards which protect public health. -Public Notification Rule - Requires public water systems to notify their customers about drinking water violations. -Variances and Exemptions Rule - Provides options that...
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