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EPA ISSUES PROPOSED ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS TO 18 PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS IN SOUTH CAROLINA FOR DRINKING WATER VIOLATIONS

 ATLANTA, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the issuance of proposed Administrative Orders to 18 public water systems in South Carolina for failure to monitor and report for lead and copper as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act.
 These public water systems were required to sample lead and copper concentrations in tap water in their systems from July to December 1992, and report the results to EPA by Jan. 12.
 EPA is directly enforcing these regulations in South Carolina because the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control does not have sufficient resources and funding to fully implement all federal drinking water requirements.
 EPA Water Management Division Director W. Ray Cunningham said: "EPA is especially concerned about violations of sampling and reporting requirements for lead. Health data indicate lead may cause serious adverse health effects based on short-term exposure, especially in children and pregnant women. We will not allow these violations to go unaddressed and will enforce the law to protect public health in South Carolina."
 The systems issued proposed Administrative Orders are as follows:
 SYSTEM LOCATION POPULATION
 Bamberg-Broad P/W Bamberg, SC 4,262
 Beech Island W/D Beech Island, SC 7,224
 Donalds-Due West W/A Donalds, SC 3,732
 Laurens CPW Laurens, SC 13,386
 McCormick Co. Water Auth. McCormick, SC 3,358
 Bishopville Bishopville, SC 3,600
 Meansville Riley W/D Union, SC 5,649
 Pickens Pickens, SC 9,685
 Cayce Cayce, SC 15,814
 Isle of Palms W/S Comm. Isle of Palms, SC 5,406
 Kingstree Kingstree, SC 9,452
 Latta Latta, SC 3,548
 Loris Loris, SC 4,301
 Mt. Pleasant Mt. Pleasant, SC 31,746
 Newberry Co. W/S Auth. Newberry, SC 7,185
 Newberry Water System Newberry, SC 11,211
 Port Royal Port Royal, SC 6,899
 St. Johns Water Johns Island, SC 6,090
 Under terms of the proposed Administrative Orders, EPA will require these water systems to immediately conduct the required sampling and analysis and to issue public notice to their customers informing them of the failure to monitor and report. The water system owner/operators and the public will be given an opportunity to request a public hearing on the issuance of the Administrative Orders.
 Persons interested in obtaining a copy of the proposed action should contact Philip H. Vorsatz, chief, Drinking Water Section, U.S. EPA, 345 Courtland St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30365.
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 /CONTACT: Charlis Thompson, press office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 404-347-3004/


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