Public's Right to Know about Polluted Water is Critical
Clean Water Network joined a number of colleagues signing on to comments prepared by OMB Watch on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) retrospective review of the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) rule & draft Electronic Delivery Options and Considerations document. The Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs) represent landmark policy intended to provide important information to Americans served by community water systems (CWS) regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). This information includes the source of the water and pollution threats to it, contaminants found, and the possible sources of those contaminants.
The public comments sent to EPA's Office of Water are available through the link at the bottom of the page.
The recommendations include:
1. Require CWS to post CCRs on a public website;
2. Clarify and strengthen the requirements for electronic delivery methods;
3. Encourage CWS to update their "good faith efforts" to reach non-bill paying consumers and reinforce direct delivery methods;
4. Ensure the public knows about the reports and can understand them; and
5. Improve EPA's retrospective review activities.
Source: OMB Watch
News Type:Member News
Issue:Water Quality Standards