Proposed changes to Michigan drinking water rules will better protect public health
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 seeks comments on its tentative decision to approve four changes to Michiganís drinking water regulations that will enhance protection of public health and increase information provided to the public about their drinking water.
The changes are required under amendments to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. As EPA adopts new drinking water regulations, states such as Michigan that administer their own programs must adopt rules at least as stringent.
Michigan plans to adopt: the revised Radionuclides Rule that will reduce exposure to radionuclides in drinking water and reduce the risk of cancer;
the revised Arsenic and Clarifications to Compliance and New Source Monitoring (Arsenic) Rule to reduce the publicís exposure to arsenic in drinking water, thereby reducing the frequency of cancers and noncarcinogenic diseases;
the Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule which will control microbial contaminants, particularly cryptosporidium; and
the Filter Backwash Recycling Rule that requires changes to a water treatment plantís process that may otherwise compromise microbial control.
If there is sufficient interest, EPA will hold a public hearing on the proposed changes. Comments and requests for a hearing should be postmarked by July 21 and sent to EPA Region 5, Ground Water and Drinking Water Branch (WG-15J), 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604 or e-mailed to email@example.com.
Documents on the proposed changes are available for review at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Water Bureau, Constitution Hall, 525 W. Allegan St., 2nd Floor, P.O. Box 30273, Lansing, MI 48909-7773, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. They can also be viewed at EPAís Chicago office.
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